After injury and illness forced Erick Rowsell to call an early end to his 2017 season, he is now preparing to return to racing in 2018.
After advise from doctors, Madison Genesis fully supported Erick's decision to end his season ahead of the 2017 Tour of Britain.
Rowsell is already making progress as he prepares for his fourth season with the team.
Two heroic rides despite two big injuries defined Erick’s first 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.
I struggled all year with illness and injuries and inevitably they have had a big effect on my training and racing.
With the support of Madison Genesis, some of the best sports physicians and my very best efforts I have worked hard to return to full health, however this has just not happened.
Together with Madison Genesis I made the difficult decision to end my season early and concentrate on recovery, ready for 2018.
It was extremely frustrating to miss this year’s Tour of Britain, as it was a huge target for myself and the team.
Since taking a mid-season rest I aimed to get myself back to full health and fitness for the race but unfortunately I wasn't able to do so and I must now put my health first.
I am already looking forward to returning to racing next year and being at the sharp end of bike racing once again.
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