Two heroic rides despite two big injuries have defined Erick’s two seasons with Madison Genesis.
Nobody will forget Rowsell’s exhilarating breakaway performance on stage five of the 2016 Tour of Britain, where he sprinted to third ahead of a charging peloton in Bath.
It was a great comeback from the man who – after finishing eighth overall at the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire – was sidelined with a horrific arm break – an injury from which he still bares the scar.
Forced out of the 2015 Tour of Britain, Rowsell regained fitness and targeted the 2016 An Post Ras – only to crash on stage one and break a rib.
Unbelievably finishing the seven-day stage race, Rowsell was forced allow the injury to recover but returned to the forefront of the action at the Tour of Britain to finish 15th on general classification.
With the metalwork holding his arm together finally removed in the off-season, Erick should be back to full strength in 2017 – and with a bit of luck his best season yet.
“2016 was an enjoyable season – it had its ups and downs as any season does but finishing on a good note at the Tour of Britain is always important for us and we did that. Overall it was a good year for myself and for the team and we had a lot of fun along the way.
“Looking forward to 2017 my main aims again will be the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of Britain, I've had good results in these races before so each year I want to improve on them and better what myself and the team have previously achieved.”
DOB: 29 July 1990
Nationality: British (Shropshire)
Joined Madison Genesis: 2015
Rider type: General classification
Favourite coffee stop: Battlefield Farm Shop, Shrewsbury
Favourite training road: The Burway, Chruch Stretton
5th - Dwars Door Drenthe
2nd - Tour Doon Hame
1st - Tour de Normandie, stage five
3rd - UCI Track Cycling World Cup round three, team pursuit
British Junior Road Race champion
British Junior Time Trial champion