Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 8, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bicycle Coalition hopes to save cancelled Philly Cycling Classic with petition; Abuse of power in women’s cycling, an all too familiar story: Bridie O’Donnell; Jolien Verschueren ends season early; Corné van Kessel extends for two years; 1956 Tour de France winner Roger Walkowiak dead at 89; Former Australian track athlete says ‘experimental surgeries’ left her scarred; Bicycles shown in six Super Bowl advertisements; Teaser video for UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships; Peter Sagan training for the win; Video: Underwater spinning.

Former Australian track athlete says ‘experimental surgeries’ left her scarred

by CyclingTips

Former elite skier and cyclist Sophie Cape said in an interview with Australian Broadcasting’s ‘Australian Story’ programme that she underwent “experimental surgeries,” including body modification procedures, while training as an elite track rider at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She says this was done following a serious injury and in consultation with sports bodies including the Australian Institute of Sport.

“At first they thought I had some form of compartment syndrome in my quads, which has never been seen before, so it was a long shot,” Cape told Australian Story.

“So what we decided to do was cut the fascia off my quad muscles. Effectively what they did was strip the sheath off the outside of the muscles like the skin on the outside of a sausage to allow them to breathe, or grow, without restraint.”

While the surgery improved her performance the pain grew worse, and more surgery was suggested.

“That’s when we tried the vascular surgery. They thought maybe we could widen the arteries going into the legs,” Cape said. “They cut my stomach open on both sides and took veins out of my shins, and put patch grafts into my arteries to make them larger.”

Click through to read more at Australian Story.