2019 was a comeback year, again, for France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. In 2020, the current XCO Mountain Bike and former Road and Cyclocross world champion will face another comeback.

Today, Ferrand-Prevot used Instagram to report she has again been diagnosed with iliac endofibrosis in her left leg, the same condition that required her to have surgery on both legs last winter.

She wrote:

Since I started cyclocross I have [had] a strange sensation in my left leg. I did a scan yesterday and the doctors found a new endofibrosis. Same leg as last year, but not exactly the same area. I will have surgery on Friday

Last December after shutting down her cyclocross season early, the French star had surgery on both legs for iliac endofibrosis, a condition that restricts blood flow to the legs during intense exercise.

Ferrand-Prevot returned to XCO racing in the summer of 2019 and quickly returned to the top of the Elite Women’s field. She won the Val di Sole World Cup at the beginning of August and then won her second XCO World Championship at Mont-Sainte-Anne at the end of August.

Ferrand-Prevot had hoped to race cyclocross through the World Championships. She started her 2019/20 campaign at Superprestige Diegem and had to take a DNF in Brussels on Sunday due to her leg condition.

Featured image: Bart Hazen