Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cavendish takes first 2017 win at Abu Dhabi Tour; McCabe wins second stage of Tour de Langkawi, Gibbons into lead; Dennis wins Tour de La Provence as Mattia Cattaneo takes final stage; Ariesen wins second stage of Volta ao Alentejo; Cycling Australia poaches Sky’s Simon Jones to head high performance; Van Avermaet heads into Spring Classics with confidence of an Olympic champion; Owain Doull claims disc rotor sliced his shoe in sprint crash on Abu Dhabi stage; Women’s Amstel Gold Race will use traditional Cauberg finish; Belgians Boonen, Vanmarcke ready to start Classics season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne; Baloise Belgium Tour announces 2017 route; Laura Kenny awarded 2016 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize; Trial date set for Armstrong federal whistleblower case; Highlights: Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Highlights: Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1.

Owain Doull claims disc rotor sliced his shoe in sprint crash on Abu Dhabi stage

by CyclingTips

Team Sky’s Owain Doull claims that a disc brake rotor sliced into his shoe during a crash in the field sprint on the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

In a second tweet Doull called on the UCI to solve the problem.

The crash occurred just at the 1km to marker and brought down a number of riders, including Quick Step Floors sprinter Marcel Kittel who is riding a disc brake bike at the race.

The reaction to the tweet has been mixed with many questioning if a disc rotor could cause that damage. Additionally, the crash was on the side and along the race fencing, with many pointing to that as a possible culprit. The UCI re-introduced disc brakes into the professional peloton at the beginning of the year after abandoning its first test following a crash at Paris-Roubaix last year.

This was Doull’s second attempt at a WorldTour debut, with his first thwarted by an emergency appendectomy just before the Tour Down Under in January.