Team Sky's Owain Doull says a disc brake rotor "cut straight through" his shoe "like a knife" following a crash with 1 kilometre remaining of today's opening stage of he Abu Dhabi Tour. But helicopter footage of the incident is inconclusive over whether there was contact between him and Marcel Kittel, the rider whose bike he believes was responsible.
The Welsh rider was speaking to journalist Gregor Brown who uploaded the above video of the conversation to the Cycling Journos on the Road YouTube account.
Doull said: “My shoe’s cut to pieces, that’s definitely brakes that did that.
Disc brakes in the pro peloton: Riders demand better safety for disc brake roll-out
Tom Boonen says disc brakes "the biggest improvement I've seen in my career" and he will be racing on them in 2017
“It’s gone straight through my shoe into my foot," explained the 23-year-old, who said it was "lucky it is not my leg.”
He continued: "It’s like a knife, you know. Just cut straight through that.”
The Team Sky rider believes that Marcel Kittel of Quick Step Floors, who was also involved in the crash, is the only rider involved in the crash who was using disc brakes.
He added: “They’re pretty lethal to be honest. I’ve come off lucky.”
In the moments before the crash, Doull in the black of Team Sky can be seen just ahead of a Sunweb rider in white in the overhead footage posted online by Eurosport, with Kittel, in his team's blue kit with a white helmet, to the outside of the pair.
Doull, who sustained road rash with his jersey and shorts both badly torn, comes down hard towards the barriers, knocking one out of place.
It appears that it was the Sunweb rider who hit Kittel's rear wheel, catapulting the German - and his bike - 15 metres down the road, and it's the same rider who crashes into Doull.
While Doull may be convinced of what happened, knowing the exact chain of events that led to the slicing of his shoe in the inevitable maelstrom of riders, bikes and equipment that accompanies a high speed crash means it's always going to be difficult to know who exactly hit what or vice-versa with any degree of certainty.
We're far from sure there was contact between Doull and Kittel's bike, and there have been suggestions on social media that the damage to the Team Sky rider's shoe could have been caused by the foot of the crash barrier, which on the TV footage in the aftermath of the crash does appear to have a sharp edge to it - as shown in this post to Twitter by Cycling Weekly jounalist Nigel Wynn.
Wynn added: "Barrier leg shown in that Abu Dhabi Tour footage appears to be rusty and jutting upwards - not good."
The UCI has reintroduced its trial of disc brakes this season after suspending it following Paris-Roubaix last year when Movistar rider Fran Ventoso claimed that a deep cut in his leg had been caused by a disc brake rotor slicing into him during a crash.
Their use in the peloton remains controversial, however. Kittel's Quick Step Floors team mate Tom Boonen is a huge fan of the technology, but Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish - winner of today's stage - has expressed strong concerns about the safety aspect.
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome said in January last year that it would be safer if all riders in a race were required to use the same type of brakes.
He said: "Having different braking systems in the peloton would be more dangerous.”
Chris Froome talks safety concerns of disc brakes in the pro peloton
This afternoon, he retweeted a picture that Doull had taken of his shoe, with Froome copying in the accounts of the UCI, the professional riders' association the CPA, and the British and Irish Professional Cyclists' Association.
I use unconventional mixtures of road and MTB equipment on my road bikes because the big brand groupsets don't recognise that avoiding traffic...
Since it's still a BSO, I don't the slightly compressed version being accepted as luggage.
Don't be daft, I'm not getting the mankini out until the mercury hits 17℃
As it's a parallel crossing, the driver does of course have exactly the same obligation. Though I think perhaps you are being ironic. HWC195.
I won a set of the Aces in a BC competition a few years ago (before I moved to Cycling UK). Used them a couple of times before giving up for above...
Yes I missed the daylight saving. Hope I didn't advantage anyone. Had to disappear well before race start so I didn't pick it up. All times were...
you just cant believe anyone operating one of those things on the road, can remotely believe thats an acceptable standard of driving....
Yeah! Get a couple more wheels (or a motor) - that's the way to freedom / romance / sex....
It says on their website "Small leakages can be sustained by continuously adding air via our patented kinetic air pressure system (KAPS)" so for a...
To give the council their due the consultations were torrid affairs. Part of me thinks that they might have been a little less, had they done a...