Owain Doull forced to withdraw from Tour Down Under with illness

Welshman Owain Doull's stomach bug persists, and he will now miss the Tour Down Under as well as the People's Choice Classic

Owain Doull at the Tour Down Under 2017

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Rookie pro Owain Doull has been scratched from the Tour Down Under, delaying his professional debut with Team Sky.

Kenny Elissonde will replace the 23-year-old Welshman at the first race of the WorldTour season, which starts on Tuesday (January 17) in Adelaide, Australia.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.