• Annette Edmondson in the women's Omnium Flying Lap at the 2016 UCI Track World Championships (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Annette Edmondson has revealed the extent to which crashing into a car last month hampered her efforts at the world titles in London.
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7 Mar 2016 - 1:42 PM  UPDATED 7 Mar 2016 - 1:59 PM

Annette Edmondson knows she could've been watching the track cycling world championships from a hospital bed.

She could've lost more than just the two world titles she couldn't defend in London this week - her entire Rio Olympic campaign could've been destroyed when she rode into a car at high speed in Adelaide little over a fortnight ago.

"It could've been a lot worse," she said. "Going at 55km/h into the side of a car isn't usually the best situation to be in.

"I could be at home with a broken leg following it on Twitter."

In the end, she lost about seven seconds.

That was the difference between the 3 minute 32 second ride she produced during the individual pursuit discipline en route to her omnium world title in Paris 12 months ago - and what she could physically offer in London this week.

"In my individual last year, for example, I did a 3.32, (Great Britain's) Laura (Trott) did a 3.32, (the Netherlands' Kirsten) Wild did a 3.34.

"Here Wild did a 3.34, Laura did a 3.32 and I did a 3.39.

"I was seven seconds off what I would normally do at this time of year and I haven't done a 3.39 in a long time.

"I thought I'd be better than that."

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Edmondson still managed to rally and finish fifth in the gruelling two-day omnium, and gave herself a chance to stage a stunning podium finish with a strong points race.

But it wasn't to be, and her body didn't respond when she went to take a lap, worth 20 points, with 45 laps to go.

"Going in with points score I had nothing to lose," she said.

"I had to try and change my tactic which I haven't had to do before.

"I had to try and actually go for laps. I just didn't have the legs, it's as simple as that."

But the 24-year-old, who says she will take a week off to relax on a beach with teammate Kaarle McCulloch, is supremely confident that not only will she be fighting fit for Rio but so will the women's team pursuit squad who underachieved in London.

"We'll be fine. We're not really sure what happened because we did actually do a couple of PBs before we got here," Edmondson said.

"We've just got to get back to the drawing board and work out what went wrong because we were all feeling positive and we were in good mindsets."