Nuno Bico, Eugenio Alafaci retire with iliac artery issues

Nuno Bico (Burgos BH) suffers in the Vuelta a Espana
Nuno Bico (Burgos BH) suffers in the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Portuguese rider Nuno Bico and Italian Eugenio Alafaci have been forced to retire from professional cycling due to iliac artery issues.

The pair are the latest hit by a common ailment in pro cyclists, External Iliac Artery Endofibrosis (EIAE). The syndrome is likely caused by the crouched position on the bike, and cuts off circulation to one or both legs, resulting in loss of power, premature fatigue and pain.

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