Team Sky’s Owain Doull has claimed that a disc brake sliced through his shoe and cut his foot after a crash on today’s opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The Welsh rider was one of a number of riders including Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors), Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Alex Dowsett (Movistar) to crash near the end of the stage and later posted a photo of his shoe which had been sliced through.

Doull felt that the cut had been caused by the disc brake of German sprinter Kittel.

He posted on Twitter afterwards: “Not the start I wanted but an improvement on last time, I made it to the start line this time. Lost a bit of skin but I’m all good”

“Although fortunately for me the disk brake went through my shoe and not my leg. Disk cut straight through my shoe into my foot” He then followed up with the tweet: “Sort it out @UCI_cycling.”

Owain Doull Tweet


  1. If his foot was that close to get cut in the middle of his shoe, half of his foot would have been in the spokes (from the angle of the cut) & there is no apparent rubbing from the spokes on his shoe!

  2. Bullshit. I know riders get tangled up in crashes but how does his left foot get caught up on a disc that is on the LEFT of someone else’s bike. Seems like an ulterior motive here. I’m sure this kind of stuff has happened before but now they have something they can point their finger at. An agenda. Especially with the “sort it out UCI comment” at the end.

  3. Highly improbable it was Kittel’s disc. More likely the fencing he hit that split his shoe. Extremely difficult to cut a left shoe with a left-side disc. Couple that with the fact rotors aren’t sharp, very unlikely they could cut through leather!

  4. Bullshit. I’ve ridden/raced mountain bikes for years. All with disc brakes…..every mtb rider under the sun wonders what the hell is going on with this…….never seen incidents or injuries caused by disc brakes.


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