What's the diagnosis of this guy's legs....

by neildmoss   July 12, 2011  

What's the diagnosis of the 'condition' on this rider's leg shown in the photo here?

How does that happen?

Neil.

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15-20 years of being a pro cyclist and getting a sports/deep tissue massage from a soigneur every day.

posted by dlp [51 posts]
12th July 2011 - 9:26

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They're varcicose veins. It comes from a failure of the one-way valves in the leg veins that usually keep blood moving up toward the heart. Because of the back-pressure that develops, the veins enlarge.

It's mainly congenital. I think the only thing specific about cycling is that you notice more because of George's shaved legs.

posted by BigYin [10 posts]
12th July 2011 - 9:27

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23 years of racing so most like every longer training

Its George Hincapie, i dont know the exact answer to what it is, but from what i understand its something to do with his blood vessels not being able to pump back to his heart properly, causing this, its a bit like varicose veins

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
12th July 2011 - 9:30

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There varicose veins - easy for him to get sorted and doesnt take long for a doctor to do - but they are certainly unsightly!
You normally see them on older people - ladies in particular!
I do wonder how Georgie has managed to shave his legs over them tho as his legs are super smooth!

posted by 81bambi [66 posts]
12th July 2011 - 11:44

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Vricose veins - got em myself Sad

posted by Adey [98 posts]
18th July 2011 - 21:00

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Sorry spellcheck - thats varicose

posted by Adey [98 posts]
18th July 2011 - 21:02

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