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.
Your Friday Daily News Digest
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.
Although fortunately for me the disk brake went through my shoe and not my leg. Disk cut straight through my shoe into my foot pic.twitter.com/b6HMe7hRMb
— Owain Doull (@owaindoull) February 23, 2017
In a second tweet Doull called on the UCI to solve the problem.
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) February 23, 2017
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.