Owain Doull’s UCI WorldTour debut has been put on hold after the Team Sky neo-pro suffered a ruptured appendix on the eve of the Santos Tour Down Under.
Welshman Doull, 23, was one of two Brits, alongside Lotto-Soudal’s James Shaw, set to make their debut in cycling’s top tier as the 2017 season kicked off in Adelaide.
But while Shaw was on the Uxley startline, Doull was in hospital having sat out of the People’s Choice Classic, the race’s traditional prelude, and then been replaced by Kenny Ellisonde in the Tour Down Under line-up.
Not exactly how I pictured making my world tour debut but when your appendix ruptures there isn’t much you can do. Ta for all the messages pic.twitter.com/3e1ixUSIaQ
— Owain Doull (@owaindoull) January 17, 2017