Owain Doull and Brendan Canty forced out of Tour Down Under
Jan 16 2017 01:09 pm CET

Owain Doull and Brendan Canty forced out of Tour Down Under

Illness has forced Owain Doull and Brendan Canty out of the Tour Down Under. The Team Sky and Cannondale-Drapac riders will miss the first race of the WorldTour calendar.

During the weekend, Doull already announced that he was having stomach problems and opted out of the prelude of the race, the People's Choice Classic, as a precaution.

The rider couldn't recover from his illness on time to make his debut with Team Sky and will be replaced by Kenny Elissonde, who will now ride his first race with the British squad. He will join Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Danny van Poppel, Luke Rowe, Sebastian Henao and Sergio Henao in the Australian race.

Another rider to miss the race is Australian Canty who started having "flu-like" symptoms one day before the start, with symptoms including fever and chills. "It's gone from starting a WorldTour race on my 25th birthday to being taken out of the race sick," said Canty to local broadcaster SBS.

"Obviously, it's disappointing. I spent a fair bit of time preparing for this race, and I think my form's quite good. It's definitely frustrating, but it happens," he added.

Cannondale-Drapac has announced that he will be replaced by Tom Scully. The rider from New Zealand will be joining Tom-Jelte Slagter, Patrick Bevin, Tom Van Asbroeck, Michael Woods, Will Clarke and Alex Howes.
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