Joanna Rowsell admitted it was job done after she teamed up with Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker to successfully defend their women’s team pursuit title on day one of the 2014 British Cycling National Track Championships.
The Wiggle Honda quartet, which included three reigning world champions in the discipline in Trott, Barker and Rowsell, clocked a time of 4:27.324 minutes over the four kilometres at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
It was enough to see them take top spot on the podium ahead of the Pearl Izumi team with VC St Raphael taking bronze.
The title is likely to be the foursome’s last in Wiggle Honda colours, with Trott joining Matrix Fitness-Vulpine and Rowsell linking up with Pearl Izumi in 2015.
Rowsell said: “There’s some good friendly rivalry between Wiggle Honda and Pearl Izumi so it was a good competition there. That was nice.
“We knew they would go faster in the final so we weren’t sure how we would go in the final, we knew it would be a good race but we’re pleased we won it.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s team pursuit, 100% ME’s Germain Burton, Christopher Latham, Christopher Lawless and Oliver Wood beat NFTO Pro Cycling for the British title.
Adam Blythe, Russell Downing, Sam Harrison and Jon Mould had started strongly but the Great Britain Cycling Team youngsters came back strongly to take the victory.
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