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Cyclist Owain Doull ruptures appendix ahead of World Tour debut

Cyclist Owain Doull's World Tour debut was delayed after he suffered a ruptured appendix in Australia.

The Team Sky rider was set to make his debut in cycling’s top tier as the 2017 season began in Adelaide.

But, the Cardiff born rider was in hospital having sat out of The Tour Down Under's traditional prelude race.

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The 23-year-old's team initially reported his absence was due to to illness, but he confirmed the full extent of his problem on Twitter.

“Not exactly how I pictured making my WorldTour debut, but when you appendix ruptures there’s much you can do,” he said.

Last year, Doull was riding with Bardley Wiggins' team, which supported his track ambitions that culminated with a gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.

READ MORE: Team Sky sign Welsh cyclist Owain Doull after Olympic gold success

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Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas wins the prestigious Paris-Nice race

Welshman Geraint Thomas has become only the third Briton to win the prestigious Paris-Nice race.

Credit: Eurosport

The Team Sky rider started the final day in yellow with a 15-second lead over Alberto Contador and claimed the title after Sunday's seventh stage over 141 kilometres.

Thomas, 29, follows Tom Simpson (1967) and Bradley Wiggins (2012) as British winners of an event which began in 1933, and the victory will underline his credentials as a future Tour de France winner.

It's incredible - I can't really believe it to be honest.

"I came here to try and win but to actually do it ...

"It is the biggest win for sure of my whole career - I'm over the moon"

– Geraint Thomas speaking to Eurosport

Thomas wins Volta ao Algarve for second year running

Geraint Thomas has kept his Tour of Algarve title. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Geraint Thomas has won the Volta ao Algarve for the second year running.

The Welshman gained time on race leader Tony Martin on the uphill finish of Alto do Malhao to cross the line in fifth place in Sunday's final stage.

Alberto Contador made a late attack to win the fifth and final stage in a time of four hours, 24 minutes and 47 seconds but the Spaniard failed to pull back enough time to threaten Thomas in the final classification.

Thomas, 29, was 19 seconds ahead of second-placed Ion Izagirre while Contador was third, a further seven seconds back.

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