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Rowsell: We'll have work cut out to repeat world success

November 2, 2013 21:13 pm

Olympic gold medallist and crowd favourite Joanna Rowsell has warned her teammates that Britain's track leaders face a stiff task to defend their titles at next year's world championships.

Rowsell was again in imperious form in the individual pursuit after Friday's world record-breaking run in the team discipline, beating Australian Rebecca Wiasak by almost two seconds for first place in the evening's first final.

Moments later and the home crowd's bubble was burst however when double world champion Becky James was upset in the individual sprint by Germany's Kristina Vogel.

"We've got a lot more to come in this track season, we're going to have our work cut out at the World Championships next year," said Rowsell.

"We've really set the standard here so everyone knows what to aim for. We're going to have our work cut out but bring it on."

Rowsell built up a sizeable lead from the off and finished in 3:34.904minutes to kick the evening off in perfect fashion.

If it looked easy, it certainly wasn't. After winning her first national time-trial title in June, Rowsell broke her collarbone in August and said the road to recovery had been a very long one

"This weekend was better than I ever could have imagined. I won the national title and then after that it was disaster after disaster, setback after setback

"I'm so pleased I managed to get some fitness to come here and win two gold medals, I'm absolutely over the moon." 

Scot Kate Archibald, fresh from winning silver in last night's scratch race and making a successful track debut at the European championships with the all-conquering British pursuit team, got the crowd going for Rowsell when she won bronze.

Riding for a Scottish registered team rather than Team GB, Archibald clawed back a deficit of almost two seconds to beat Poland's Eugenia Bujak to the final podium spot.

"Everyone loves an underdog," Archibald, her hair died pink, joked to reporters when asked who she would prefer to race for out of Britain and Scotland.

There was less smiling by speed queen James after her lacklustre defeat at the hands of Vogel, revenge for the German who was beaten to World Championship gold by the Briton in February in Minsk.

Vogel powered around James as the bell sounded to signal one lap to go and with the wind in her sails there was no stopping her charge to the line, a grimace from the home favourite on the back straight signalling defeat in the first race.

The German was again too good for James in the second race to quieten the home crowd, in jubilant mood after Rowsell's storming performance.

Hong Kong speedster Wai Sze Lee, bronze medallist at the World Championships in Minsk in February, underlined her potential when she beat Olympic champion Anna Meares two-nil to set up the final with Vogel.

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