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Olympic medallist Joanna Rowsell is knocked off her bike

Olympic cycling curse strikes again, as golden girl Rowsell is knocked off her bike

By
Peter Scott

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

Sportsmail's
Joanna Rowsell, who won a gold medal for Britain at the London
Olympics, has been knocked off her bike by a car, the latest of several
British Olympians to have accidents on the road.

Rowsell told her 25,000 Twitter
followers that she been knocked off her bike on Saturday morning, the
first time it had happened to her in 9 years of cycling.

She told said: 'I am OK. No serious injuries, just cuts and bruises. Bike came off worst.'

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

She also thanked her followers for their messages of support.

Rowsell, was part of the team that won pursuit gold at the London Olympics, alongside Laura Trott and Dani King.

Other Olympians have also been knocked off their bikes since the Games.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was hit while training last year, and then coach Shane Sutton was involved in a crash the following day.

Sir Chris Hoy launches his own range of bikes

On your bike, Chris: Olympian Hoy launches his own set of golden wheels

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 27 November 2012

Sir Chris Hoy today announced that he will launch his own range of cycles next May, but still hopes to extend his glittering career to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Glasgow stadium named after him.

The 36-year-old, Britain’s most decorated Olympian with six gold medals, is going into business with leading UK retailer Evans.

'Cycling has been a central part of my life from an early age and has helped me to achieve so much,” said Hoy, one of the 10 nominations for BBC Sports Personality of the Year; the award he won after the Beijing Games in 2008.

Golden wheels: Sir Chris Hoy launches his own range of bicycles

Golden wheels: Sir Chris Hoy launches his own range of bicycles

'I want to help more people experience the power and enjoyment of cycling, as well as demystifying it and making it more accessible to all.

'That’s why I decided to create a brand that embodies this vision and my passion,

'I’m excited to be working with Evans to deliver a new brand that can share my enjoyment of cycling with a whole new audience.'

The initial launch will consist of three road bikes for recreational and sports cyclists and four city bikes for commuters and leisure cyclists.

On your bike: Hoy poses with one of his new bikes

On your bike: Hoy poses with one of his new bikes

The early models will be for youths as well as adults and there are plans to extend the range to cater for every cyclist, including a limited-edition track bike.

'I’m really enjoying building my brand from scratch,' Hoy added. “There are so many aspects that need to mesh perfectly and finding that balance has been very exciting and rewarding.

'I’ve been working very hard on developing the brand values as well as the visual features, which will appear on all the bikes.

At the double: Hoy won two gold medals at London 2012

At the double: Hoy won two gold medals at London 2012

'This is something I will really get my teeth into. When I do retire I can still play on bikes and be able to design stuff. The Hoy brand is going to stand for enjoyment of cycling.'

Hoy leaves for Perth in Australia on Monday for winter training and talks of the Commonwealth Games as being a “dream end to my career,” but insists he will have to justify his place in the Scottish team.

'I’ll only be there if I believe I am physically able to do it. Fingers crossed I will be there,' he added.

He is quoted as a 125/1 outsider for the Sports Personality of the Year award this time and has no arguments about that.

Hoy added: 'I think I will probably have a tenner on Bradley (fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins) like I did just before he went down the Champs Elysees to win the Tour de France!'

Mark Cavendish involved in road accident in Italy

Not another one! Cavendish 'relatively ok' after becoming latest British cyclist involved in road accident

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UPDATED:

15:09 GMT, 19 November 2012

Mark Cavendish has become the THIRD British cyclist to be involved in a crash this month after he collided with a car while training in Italy.

The news follows injuries to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and British cycling head coach Shane Sutton also sustained this month.

Cavendish broke the news on Twitter, revealing he was 'relatively ok' after colliding with a car while training in Italy.

'OK': Cavendish (right) injured his arm while training in Tuscany

'OK': Cavendish (right) injured his arm while training in Tuscany

The incident happened when the 2011 world road race champion, who last month left Team Sky for Omega Pharma-Lotto, when a car braked suddenly in front of him.

The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man wrote on Twitter: 'Went & hit the back of a car that slammed on today in training. Wasn’t ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I’m relatively ok. If anyone cares.'

Third time unlucky: Cavendish rides alongside Wiggins (yellow jersey) during this year's Tour de France

Third time unlucky: Cavendish rides alongside Wiggins (yellow jersey) during this year's Tour de France

The collision happened less than two weeks after Wiggins and Sutton were knocked off their bikes in the UK.

Also over the weekend Cavendish, who has now travelled from his home in Tuscany to California, announced his engagement to former model Peta Todd.

Engaged: Cavendish with fiancee Peta Todd earlier this month

Engaged: Cavendish with fiancee Peta Todd earlier this month

Meanwhile, just over a week after he suffered bruising, a fractured rib, a bruised lung and a dislocated finger, Wiggins was back on his bike on Friday morning.

In a separate road accident, British cycling head coach Sutton was also admitted to hospital within 24 hours of Wiggins with a fractured cheek bone.

London 2012 Paralympics: Joanna Rowsell urges people to cycle

Let's get pedalling! Olympic champion Rowsell urges Brits to join the fun

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 27 August 2012

Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell is urging spectators to cycle to the Olympic Park to watch the Paralympics.

Rowsell, who won team pursuit gold alongside Dani King and Laura Trott, said: ‘Cycling is a fantastic way of keeping fit, regardless of age or ability. With spaces for more than 7,000 bikes, guided rides and free repairs, there’s every reason to get out there and start pedalling.’

Golden girls: Pursuit team Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell

Golden girls: Pursuit team Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell

Euro 2012: Danny Welbeck: I"m back from Nigel de Jong foul and fit for England

I'm back from De Jong foul and fit for Euros, roars young Lion Welbeck

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UPDATED:

22:20 GMT, 5 June 2012

Danny Welbeck's anticipated rise to the top, as boldly predicted by Sir Alex Ferguson, was already behind schedule before Nigel de Jong got involved.

It was De Jong who chopped down Welbeck in the Manchester derby in April, prompting a touchline squabble between United boss Ferguson and his City rival Roberto Mancini.

The 21-year-old United striker was nearing the end of his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, Euro 2012 beckoned and suddenly heartbreak loomed. Fergie shared his disappointment.

Making his name: Danny Welbeck (right) scored the winner against Belgium

Making his name: Danny Welbeck (right) scored the winner against Belgium

'I went home that night with all sorts of emotions going through my head,' recalled Welbeck. 'At that point, I felt really downhearted. I didn’t know what was happening.

'But it was definitely about keeping positive. It’s football and sometimes you’re fit and sometimes you’re not. You just have to take what’s in front of you and build on that.

'I knew that once I got back in the gym I could do stuff like work on the bikes and the different machines, just to get ready for when I could get back.

Euro 2012

'There were times when I was thinking, “Oh, I won’t be able to make it”, but the manager kept faith in me. I’m just lucky it wasn’t as bad as I feared.'

Roy Hodgson may feel blessed, too, after witnessing his delicate and precise left-foot finish, the only goal in a friendly win against Belgium at Wembley on Saturday.

When it comes to injuries, very little has gone right for the England manager since he named his squad, but Welbeck’s rapid return after damaging ankle ligaments at the Etihad Stadium on April 30 was one boost he needed.

'To get a first goal for England was something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid,' added Welbeck. 'I’m just looking forward to getting more under my belt, and more caps.'

About time: Welbeck has long been tipped for the top by Sir Alex Ferguson

About time: Welbeck has long been tipped for the top by Sir Alex Ferguson

It was May 2009 when Ferguson tipped the leggy teenager for great things, not something the United boss does lightly such is his determination to shield elite talent from the burden of expectation.

But there has been excitement about Welbeck’s potential for years and Hodgson could be the first England manager to benefit.

'Danny’s a certainty to make it at the highest level,' said Fergie three years ago. 'I’ve told Fabio Capello the boy will be in his World Cup squad next year. Wide left or right or through the middle, he has the intelligence, guts, athleticism and talent to do the job.

'He’s going to be a big lad. His height is about 6ft 1in but the prediction is he’ll be 6ft 3in.

'He’s yet to get the conformation in his thighs, so he is still gangly, but he’s brave enough to carry that. When he completes his growing, he’ll really be something. Danny’s a terrific, down-to-earth boy and I’d like to have given him more chances by now but at this stage of the season all our results are vital.'

Welbeck was charmed. 'Once you hear stuff like that it does give you a bit of a lift but you can’t really look too much into it,' said the striker, with the benefit of hindsight.

Leading the line: Roy Hodgson could start Welbeck as his lone striker

Leading the line: Roy Hodgson could start Welbeck as his lone striker

Eight months later, however, he was on loan at Preston, where Ferguson’s son Darren was in charge, and although he scored twice in the Championship, he did not dazzle. He returned prematurely to Old Trafford with a knee injury which would require surgery. There would be no late charge to the World Cup with Capello.

'That season, I didn’t play as many games as I’d have wanted to at United,' he said. 'I’d be training for weeks and weeks, not getting a game, and then you’d get thrown in at the deep end once every five weeks, or something. It’s tough.'

In August 2010, he was sent on loan again, this time to Sunderland, where he started to develop under Steve Bruce, and in March 2011 came an England debut.

It just happened to be against Ghana, a country Welbeck was qualified to represent through his parents. When he appeared at Wembley, the Ghana fans jeered.

'I’ve been playing for England since I was 16,' said Welbeck. 'It has felt like a natural progression. I’ve done England Under 16s, 17s, 18s, 19s and 21s and it was natural for me to make that progression to the senior squad. I’m delighted I’ve done that.'

There was a quiet word, too, just congratulations on making the squad and a reminder to play his own game, from the United manager, a man who likes to be proved right.