Rowe picked up an impressive solo win on stage two of the Herald Sun Tour in 2017 and has his eyes on more success Down Under this time around. With a fourth and fifth place to his name at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, he's excited about getting back in the thick of it.
“I’ve been knocking on the door. It’s a great race actually - it’s quite open and you can’t really predict the winner. One year Pete Kennaugh won it solo from an attack with 15km to go, an epic ride; another year a sprinter won, or someone has gone solo at the end.
“It’s a race we can go into quite relaxed and not have a fully structured plan. It’s quite open and a lot of guys get their opportunity to fire off up the road and get amongst it. It’s a race I'd like to try and get a result in if possible. I think one day racing is great. Turn up, put your balls on the line, one day, get it all out, and go home. Whoever wins on the day is champion and that’s it. It’s a style of racing I enjoy and hopefully I can have a good one this year.”
Rowe, 28, looked like he had never been away last season after he returned to the fold following his broken leg, suffered in late 2017. He was keen to put it to the back of his mind as soon as he started racing again in February, but admits that it's something he is likely to have to manage for the rest of his career.
“It's an ongoing process and it could well be that way for the rest of my life," he explained. "I had another operation this winter where I had a couple of screws taken out. The rod itself is still in and probably will be for the rest of my life. That’s the way it is.
“It’s not necessarily ever gonna get 100% better but we’re pretty much 90% of the way and I think that’s where it’s gonna stay. I’m back riding my bike and that’s all that kind of matters to me - that I could get back to where I was and I’ve achieved that.”