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?


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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


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 [18 posts]
12th July 2011 - 9:27


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 [9369 posts]
12th July 2011 - 9:30


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


Vricose veins - got em myself Sad

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


Sorry spellcheck - thats varicose

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