In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.
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After a crash on the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour where Owain Douall (Team Sky) claimed a disc rotor cut through his shoe, Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) changed from a disc brake model back to a rim brake bicycle for the second stage. Kittel was also involved in the crash, leading to speculation that his disc rotor is what Douall believes cut his shoe.
— Gregor Brown (@gregorbrown) February 24, 2017
Douall showed the cuts to his shoe after the stage to the media.
However, there are many who are arguing that a disc rotor would not have caused the cuts that Douall suffered, and are pointing to other possible culprits, such as the race fencing that was present.
Barrier leg shown in that Abu Dhabi Tour footage appears to be rusty and jutting upwards – not good 2/2 pic.twitter.com/v7EQCN93U3
— Nigel Wynn (@NigelWynn) February 23, 2017
Read an analysis of the disc brake situation from our tech editor James Huang.