Ask The Expert: Why are my legs so veiny?

Dr Omar Abu-Bakr explains how to tell the difference between normal veins and those that need medical attention

Msle cyclist with protruding veins
(Image credit: Francisco de Casa / Alamy Stock Photo)

There are certain nagging questions in cycling that have a tendency to generate conflicting opinions and a confusing array of different views. In this ASK THE EXPERT series from Cycling Weekly’s print edition, we seek to clear up confusion by seeking out the experts best qualified to provide, if not the final word, then at least authoritative advice supported by verified expertise. 

Veins are a type of blood vessel that form a vital component of the circulatory system. They play a crucial role in the circulation of blood, ensuring the efficient return of deoxygenated blood to the heart and facilitating the continuous functioning of the body's organs and tissues. Cyclists often have more prominent leg veins. Here we explained the science behind why Tour de France rider's legs are so veiny, but how can cyclists tell the difference between a healthy vein and one that may require treatment? We called on Dr Omar Abu-Bakr to take us through what you need to know...

Dr Omar Abu-Bakr

Dr Omar Abu-Bakr ( is a consultant venous surgeon and phlebologist at The Whiteley Clinic. He has over 15 years’ experience and holds a special interest in treating varicose veins. His areas of expertise include varicose vein surgery, thrombophlebitis, leg ulcers, perforating veins, and thread veins. 

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