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Olympic Champion Rowe switches allegiance to Wales ahead of Commonwealth Games

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Dani Rowe has announced her intention to switch allegiances from England to Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Rowe (nee King) won team pursuit gold at the London 2012 Olympics and is a three-time world champion in the discipline, but has focused on the road since 2014, when she represented England at her only prior Commonwealth Games.

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The 27-year-old, who was brought up in Hampshire, married Welshman Matt Rowe, brother of Team Sky cyclist Luke, in October.

I can finally announce that I'm hoping to be considered for selection for Team Wales for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

My connections with Wales and Welsh Cycling go back to 2009 when I started to be coached by Courtney Rowe - the father of my husband Matt.

I have therefore had a strong affinity and love for the country, where I now live and call home, for the whole of my professional cycling career.

Wales is a country that has produced so many incredible cyclists, and if selected I hope I can continue to do the country proud.

– Dani Rowe

Wales has produced Olympic champions Nicole Cooke, Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull in the last decade.