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Owain Doull claims injuries from crash were caused by disc brakes

Josh Cunningham
23 Feb 2017

'Disc cut straight through my shoe' says Team Sky rider after crash in stage one of Abu Dhabi Tour

Owain Doull, Team Sky's Welsh neo-pro, suffered a crash in the finale of today's opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, and claims that the injuries he sustained were caused by disc brake rotors. 

'Fortunately for me the disc brake went through my shoe and not my leg,' Doull said in a tweet with an accompanying image of what appears to be a sliced shoe.

'[The] disc cut straight through my shoe into my foot.'

The crash came as the peloton went under the inflatable red gantry of the 'kilometre to go' banner. As the road narrowed a crash was caused, and as well as Doull it also involved Orica BikeExchange's Caleb Ewan and Quick-Step Floor's Marcel Kittel, both of whom were favourites to win the stage.

The incident comes very early on in the UCI's re-introduction of a disc brake trial, which began again on 1st January after being halted in April last year after Movistar's Fran Ventoso claimed he suffered a similar incident to Doull's at Paris-Roubaix.

Some big name riders, including Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan, are now regular users of discs in road races, but it appears that the peloton is far from reaching an agreement on their suitability.

'Sort it out UCI,' said Doull in a tweet shortly after the race.