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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Doull was rested from the People Choice Classic prelude criterium on Sunday as a precaution ahead of the race. However, he still has not sufficiently recovered in order to take part on the TDU.

A Team Sky spokesman said the Olympic team pursuit gold medallist was suffering from a stomach bug.

He is due to stay in Australia for the duration of the race, and train once he recovers.

Elissonde joins Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe Sergio Henao, Sebastian Henao and Danny van Poppel for the six-stage race.

American team Cannondale-Drapac also confirmed that New Zealander Tom Scully will replace Australian Brendan Canty in its line-up for the TDU. Canty is reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms.

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