Eighth at the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and third on stage five of the 2016 Tour of Britain, Erick Rowsell faced another injury-interrupted season in 2018.
Rowsell was counted out of the 2015 Tour of Britain with a severely broken arm, broke a rib at the 2016 An Post Ras and in 2017 bypassed the Tour of Britain again after advice from doctors.
The 2018 season promised to be a strong comeback and with fifth at the CiCLE Classic, it was clear that Rowsell was returning to his best.
However a huge crash on stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire resulted in a broken ankle and another period of enforced rest.
Six weeks later Rowsell was back racing and completed the second half of the season, including a top-10 at the Ryedale GP.
Now entering his fifth year with the team, Rowsell is hoping for a trouble-free 12-months and a consistent season.
Mentally it’s been very hard and I have had some tough times. I have questioned whether I can do it and do I want to do it.
What keeps me coming back is that I’m never going to end my career on a bad year. I want to finish – not any time soon – but I want to finish on a high.
That’s what keeps me going. I want to do well in these big races again, racing for the top ten in the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of Britain.
Read the full pre-season interview with Erick Rowsell
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 - Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic
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