Show us your scars #33 – Tony Gallopin

Lotto Soudal's Tony Gallopin talks about the hidden dangers of riding in the peloton
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When you think of the dangers of riding in the peloton then broken collarbones will be one that immediately springs to mind. There are not many riders in our Show us your Scars series who haven’t stretched back the necks of their tops to show us damaged clavicles.

However, Tony Gallopin has suffered a common cycling injury that is much less publicised – iliac fibrosis. This is scarring of the iliac artery down a rider’s hips. It’s common injury among cyclists simply because it has to carry so much blood to the legs.

Gallopin’s was expanded and contorted into an ‘s’ shape and started to cause him problems in his left leg. The only solution is an operation and it sounds like a pretty hefty procedure. Gallopin was left with a 10 cm scar and was off the bike for three months. It ended up disrupting half of his 2010 season and to this day he still has no feeling where the operation was carried out.

Gallopin is clearly over the injury now and has started his season well with the Lotto Soudal team. He finished sixth in the Volta ao Algarve and second in the Etoile de Besseges.

Come back next Thrusday for the next instalment in the Show us your Scars series.