Marcel Kittel: 'I'm not using disc brakes out of respect for my colleagues'

German sprinter calls on riders to "speak with one voice" over disc brake decision

Marcel Kittel before stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour (Credit: Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Marcel Kittel has said that riders need to stick together to have their voice heard on whether to ride disc brakes as he decided not to use them at the Abu Dhabi Tour after Owain Doull claimed he cut his foot on Kittel’s bike’s disc brake rotor in a crash.

Doull and Kittel collided at the one kilometre to go marker in yesterday’s Abu Dhabi Tour causing a pile-up. Doull then claimed it was the Quick-Step Floors rider’s disc brake rotor that caused a sharp cut in his shoe and cuts to his foot.

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