Owain Doull: I lost 7kgs following appendix operation

Olympic team pursuit gold medallist says he is still two weeks away from reaching the form he enjoyed in January

Owen Doull at the 2017 Tour Down Under

(Image credit: Watson)

Owain Doull has revealed that he lost 7kgs in just over a week due to his appendix bursting days before he was due to start his WorldTour career with Team Sky.

Doull had been set to race his first race as a full-time Sky rider at the Tour Down Under on January 17 but had to pull out at the last minute when his appendix burst.

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