Joanna Rowsell

After the surprise departure of Wiggle Honda rider Laura Trott, announced earlier this week, today came the news that teammate Joanna Rowsell MBE will also depart the highly successful team in 2015.

Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Champion Rowsell has signed a 2-year contract with the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Team,led by Dame Sarah Storey. The team is one of the few to field riders across numerous disciplines including road, track and time-trial.

Speaking of her new contract Joanna said, "I am delighted to be signing for the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International squad for the next two years and having the security of knowing what my race schedule will look like as I aim to gain selection for Team GB in Rio 2016."

"The team has had incredible success since it started earlier this year and is known to be incredibly well organised both at races and with rider communications which made it an attractive team for me to join. I am keen to help continue the collective success of the team as I work on my own ambitions on the road and track."

She also thanked Wiggle Honda for their support over the previous 2 years.

Barney Storey, the Team Director also commented on the first new signing for the team, "Having a rider of Joanna's calibre join us is an exciting time, her experience and success in cycling speaks for itself. We are very much looking forward to working with her and supporting her as she builds towards selection for Rio 2016."

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International has already had a successful season under its belt, collecting 21 victories in 2014, and also supported 5 riders on various teams at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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