Jo Rowsell wins Herentals crit 2008
(Image credit: LUC CLAESSEN)

Mark Cavendish wasn?t the only British winner in Belgium last night as national criterium champion Joanna Rowsell, won the women?s support race earlier in the evening.

It was Rowsell?s third win in eight races in the past two weeks, as not even a crash midway through the race could stop her from taking victory ahead of the field. ?We attacked and got away in a group of five, then me and Lizzie [Armitstead] attacked and the two of us got away,? Rowsell said.

Armitstead?s race then came to an abrupt end on lap 14, as the pair crashed having taken a corner too fast, ?Lizzie couldn?t carry on because her bike was too badly damaged.? Rowsell, who was able to continue, explained. The damage to her and her bike was clear to see.

Rowsell also won in Banbrugge last Friday and in Kapellen this Tuesday. Armitstead, who had an operation on her back following the world track championships in March, has won two races herself while junior rider Katie Colclough won a race in Chaan in the Netherlands.

?I think they?re getting a bit sick of seeing the black and orange of Halfords!? said Rowsell. ?We?ve done two weeks of racing and come home this weekend.?

Rowsell?s next goal is the under-23 European track championships in September.

Jo Rowsell Herentals crit

Rowsell rides to victory despite crash damage

Jo Rowsell Herentals crit

Jo Rowsell wins Herentals crit


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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.