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Said the bike bore the brunt of the collision

The Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell has been left with 'cuts and bruises' after she was knocked off her bike by a car today.

The track star and now road queen wrote on her Twitter feed: "First time for everything.. Been a cyclist for nearly 9 yrs & never been knocked off by a car until this morning. Bike came off worst."

Her fans responded wishing her well, to which she responded: "Thank you everyone for your messages. I am ok, no serious injuries just cuts and bruises.."

She added: "Take care out there people x"

Rowsell now rides for Wiggle Honda, the new women's pro team.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.