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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot will undergo surgery on Friday to treat iliac artery endofibrosis, which has returned to her left leg one year after a prior operation.
Ferrand-Prevot was first diagnosed with the problem, which limits blood flow in the affected area, at the end of the 2018 season after a long stretch of feeling unable to put normal amounts of power into her leg. Following an operation and a long recovery period, the versatile Frenchwoman returned to racing in 2019 to excellent results, ultimately winning her second cross-country mountain bike world title.
Recently, however, she has struggled to deliver power during cyclocross races. She said on Instagram this week that a medical scan this week confirmed another instance of iliac artery endofibrosis.
As Pinkbike points out, recurrence of iliac artery endofibrosis is not all that uncommon, with a Stanford University study noting that half of 18 patients surveyed “experienced some recurrence of symptoms.”
Ferrand-Prevot noted that the problem is “less severe” than her previous one, but still requires surgery.