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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.

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