Amanda Spratt to undergo surgery for iliac artery endofibrosis
Oct 12 2021 06:55 am CET

Amanda Spratt to undergo surgery for iliac artery endofibrosis
Amanda Spratt to undergo surgery for iliac artery endofibrosis
Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange's Amanda Spratt is suffering from iliac artery endofibrosis, a condition that has explained her shape throughout 2021.

The Australian hasn't had the 2021 she expected. The two-time world champion medallist, three-time national champion and four-time World Tour race winner, couldn't find her good shape in the present season.

"2021 has been a pretty tough year, both physically and mentally," said Spratt. "I could feel that something wasn't right since late on in the 2020 season but there were always other reasons or answers I could think of at the time.

"I would put any bad performances down to things like my bike set-up or small illnesses."

"I have been racing for so many years. I know that I am the type of rider that excels in the hardest races. When everyone starts to get tired in a tour, I only get stronger. This is one of my biggest strengths. Yet this year I noticed that I couldn't back up each day.

"My performances got worse and worse and if I reached the finale of a race, my legs were the first to explode. I had bad sensations that I haven't had before and in the end, the Tokyo Olympic Games road race was the tipping point."

That was the moment when the Australian started looking for answers. "After the games, the Australian Cycling team doctor, Dr Kevyn Hernandez, concluded that I needed to get checked for artery endofibrosis," she explained. "Thanks to him and to Team BikeExchange, my appointment was fast tracked and in mid-August I had some conclusive answers which confirmed that I have iliac artery endofibrosis. After looking at the case, doctors explained that if I wanted to continue as a professional cyclist then surgery was my only option.

"I definitely felt relieved to have an answer. For myself, but also for those closest to me who put so much time and effort into helping me try and be my best. It's definitely been a struggle to race this year and to not know why I couldn't be at my best."

The rider will now undergo surgery and her return to full training could take from five to six months. "I know it's a very serious surgery with a long recovery but thankfully there are many good examples of riders who have come back from it in full force," Spratt commented.

"I don't have to look far for inspiration with my current teammate Sarah Roy and former teammate Annemiek van Vleuten, having both undergone the same procedure that I will this off-season. I've spoken with both of them, and I know their help and guidance will benefit me hugely in the recovery period."




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