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    Ryan Cox passes away

    From Supersport (a South African website)

    Ryan Cox, one of South Africa's top cyclists, lost the fight for his life in a Gauteng hospital early on Wednesday morning after the main artery in his left leg burst on Tuesday. The SuperSport Zone wishes to express its sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ryan was one of the first people to work with SuperCycling when the Zone first appeared in 1999.
    Cox had recently undergone surgery in France after South Africa's Tour de France ace, Robert Hunter, had lent him the money for the operation.
    Clint Curtis, who coached the Barloworld rider when he was a junior, said on Tuesday Cox had been having problems with his left leg for some time.
    "He sometimes lost the feeling in the leg after cycling and had little power in the leg towards the end of some races.
    "Ryan then went to see one of the leading doctors in France. It was found that the artery had, as a consequence of all the cycling, become knotted as sometimes happens to a garden hose.
    "It often happens to cyclists because they spend so many hours on the bicycles, with their legs bent while pedalling.
    "The doctor in France has performed surgery of this type on about 600 cyclists, among them Stuart O'Leary, who has worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France."

    BTW: Cox, a talented climber and past winner of the Tour of Langkawi, was not selected to ride this year's Tour due to this injury. The operation took place just prior to the Tour.
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    Very sad...a good rider with a lot of promise and his career and his life were cut short.

    My condolences to his family, friends, and teammates.
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    From Cyclingnews.com (August 1)

    Cox in intensive care
    Team Barloworld's Ryan Cox is in intensive care following emergency surgery Monday to repair a bleeding artery, the team has announced.
    Cox underwent surgery for a vascular lesion three weeks ago in Europe and returned to his home in South Africa to recuperate. "The South African cyclist's condition deteriorated on Monday, and he was rushed to hospital by his family," the team said. "After consulting with doctors, it was advised that Cox required an emergency operation to repair a bleeding artery." SW

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilasCL
    Very sad...a good rider with a lot of promise and his career and his life were cut short.

    My condolences to his family, friends, and teammates.
    You're right Silas, he was a good rider who had the ability to make an impact in the Pro Tour. But most of all he was a cheeky, funny, and a likeable person. I didn't know him well, but he was always fun to have in the bunch, always laughing and joking. What a huge shock.

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    RIP, Ryan Cox
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    How sad. My condolences to his family and friends.

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    this death sounds odd to me. people get their legs blown off in Iraq live, but this guy dies from a leg artery bursts? was it closer to his groin than his knee?

    this just sounds odd.
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    Oh what a tragedy.

    I was not familiar with him, and wondered if he was a hero from long ago. But then when the picture came up with a Barloworld Cannondale jersey, it was a little shocking. His time was short.

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    Very rarely do you hear the whole reason why somebody did not make it in the news. You would need to see the autopsy report for that. Bleeding, blood clot, MI, infection, etc...sad to hear especially in someone so young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiterrn
    Very rarely do you hear the whole reason why somebody did not make it in the news. You would need to see the autopsy report for that. Bleeding, blood clot, MI, infection, etc...sad to hear especially in someone so young.
    this is true - very sad to loose a cyclist, esp. one so young.
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    Very sad :(

    Sounds like one of those freakish things that just happened.
    I read the artical when it first came out and actually may have helped me a bit (also made me a bit scared). I read his sympoms and realized I have those exact same symptoms in my left leg. Although I don't ride as anywhere near as much as he does, made me think enought to call the Dr. to schedule an appointment. I pretty much gave up competative riding on my road bike since riding with a 40% left leg is no good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gizzard
    From Supersport (a South African website)

    Ryan Cox, one of South Africa's top cyclists, lost the fight for his life in a Gauteng hospital early on Wednesday morning after the main artery in his left leg burst on Tuesday. The SuperSport Zone wishes to express its sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ryan was one of the first people to work with SuperCycling when the Zone first appeared in 1999.
    Cox had recently undergone surgery in France after South Africa's Tour de France ace, Robert Hunter, had lent him the money for the operation.
    Clint Curtis, who coached the Barloworld rider when he was a junior, said on Tuesday Cox had been having problems with his left leg for some time.
    "He sometimes lost the feeling in the leg after cycling and had little power in the leg towards the end of some races.
    "Ryan then went to see one of the leading doctors in France. It was found that the artery had, as a consequence of all the cycling, become knotted as sometimes happens to a garden hose.
    "It often happens to cyclists because they spend so many hours on the bicycles, with their legs bent while pedalling.
    "The doctor in France has performed surgery of this type on about 600 cyclists, among them Stuart O'Leary, who has worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France."

    BTW: Cox, a talented climber and past winner of the Tour of Langkawi, was not selected to ride this year's Tour due to this injury. The operation took place just prior to the Tour.

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    I'm not sure if a simple visit to a doc will diagnose this type of issue. I used to read Ryan's blog regulary and it took a long time and a lot of specialists to diagnose the problem.

    The reason Ryan probably died is he was probably lying on the kitchen floor bleeding internaly for quite a while before he was found.

    It was a very sad day when he passed away. Even with the leg issue he was a great climber and it would have been interesting how he fared in a grand tour on the climbing stages which was one of his great ambitions.

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    Welcome to the world of HMO's

    where EVERY visit startes at the family Dr.
    ....actually just got back and have been referred to the Hospital to get an ultrasound done on my legs to check.

    Not saying I have the same thing or anything related - I always thought it was my bike fit or saddle. Played with my fit asnausium, cleat/pedal adjustments, different saddles - nothing. Just gave up as it being getting older and my body falling apart, but after reading the article, a bell in my head went - DING! Would be pure ignorance for me not to have this looked into.

    My only benefit is that I am able to direct the doctor to the article and have them look at this specific issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel_suker
    I'm not sure if a simple visit to a doc will diagnose this type of issue. I used to read Ryan's blog regulary and it took a long time and a lot of specialists to diagnose the problem.

    The reason Ryan probably died is he was probably lying on the kitchen floor bleeding internaly for quite a while before he was found.

    It was a very sad day when he passed away. Even with the leg issue he was a great climber and it would have been interesting how he fared in a grand tour on the climbing stages which was one of his great ambitions.

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    My heart goes out to his family.

    Any unexplained leg pain warrants prompt medical attention. A few years ago I developed calf pain. I ignored it for weeks and continued riding. Eventually I went to my doctor and he ordered an immediate ultrasound. They found a massive DVT (blood clot) which extended from my heel up into my thigh. Ultimately, I was hospitalized for a week and then spent six months on blood thinners. I am very fortunate to be here today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMan
    Sounds like one of those freakish things that just happened.
    It didn't just happen.

    Barloworld, like most cycling teams, does not provide health insurance, so Cox had to pay out of his own pocket for medical care. He didn't have enough money, so Robbie Hunter gave him a big loan to pay for the operation, but in order to save money, he checked out of the hospital long before the surgeon recommended. Then, when he should have been immobile in a hospital bed, he was flying from France to South Africa (As we know, long air travel is not good for people with healthy circulation in their legs. Imagine what it's like for an artery recovering from surgery) and then resumed physical activity (gardening, etc.) long before it was medically advised. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...ug07/aug02news)

    It seems very likely that Cox would not have suffered this terrible fate if he had been wealthy enough to afford a longer hospital stay (or if Barloworld provided its riders with adequate health insurance) and if he had followed the postoperative care instructions more diligently.

    It's very sad that such a promising young talent and someone who, from all accounts, was a very good person was lost to the world so unnecessarily. As Velo News points out, if he were a citizen of a European nation instead of South Africa, he would have been covered by national health insurance and would not have faced such financial pressure to check out of the hospital prematurely.
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    My best wishes to you Kman. My thoughts are with you as you get this thing sorted out.

    This last year as I went from one Doc to another and from one hospital test to another, I was sometimes under the illusion that I was alone in a world of fit and robust cyclists.

    But reading the boards I realize there are a lot more of us cyclists out there than I thought -- and who often we don't post up on the board immediately -- who at any time might be dealing with life-threatening ailments, taking sometimes scary medical tests, and sudden injuries that curtail our cycling for sometimes long periods.



    Quote Originally Posted by KMan
    where EVERY visit startes at the family Dr.
    ....actually just got back and have been referred to the Hospital to get an ultrasound done on my legs to check.

    Not saying I have the same thing or anything related - I always thought it was my bike fit or saddle. Played with my fit asnausium, cleat/pedal adjustments, different saddles - nothing. Just gave up as it being getting older and my body falling apart, but after reading the article, a bell in my head went - DING! Would be pure ignorance for me not to have this looked into.

    My only benefit is that I am able to direct the doctor to the article and have them look at this specific issue.

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    Very sad indeed. I only wish his family and friends well and offer my condolences.

    Hopefully more teams will have insurance coverage for their riders as soon as possible.
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    This is so sad and shocking. Such a loss and my condolences goes out to his family and friends.

    I had an intravenous procedure done on the main artery on my right thigh over a year ago. One night while I was still hospitalized, it burst just because I coughed and blood oozed out like tap water..it was extremely scary and I don`t know what would have happened if I was not in a hospital.

    These types of injuries are certainly not to be taken lightly.

    RIP, Ryan Cox.

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    And why would most professional cyclists need insurance? Most non-US countries have no need for insurance. I only have travelers insurance-- which is dirt cheap. Or does S. Africa still NOT have a single payer system (they and the US were the only two that didn't back in the 80s- of industrialized nations--- don't know if that is still true).

    Quote Originally Posted by Fredke
    It didn't just happen.

    Barloworld, like most cycling teams, does not provide health insurance, so Cox had to pay out of his own pocket for medical care. He didn't have enough money, so Robbie Hunter gave him a big loan to pay for the operation, but in order to save money, he checked out of the hospital long before the surgeon recommended. Then, when he should have been immobile in a hospital bed, he was flying from France to South Africa (As we know, long air travel is not good for people with healthy circulation in their legs. Imagine what it's like for an artery recovering from surgery) and then resumed physical activity (gardening, etc.) long before it was medically advised. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...ug07/aug02news)

    It seems very likely that Cox would not have suffered this terrible fate if he had been wealthy enough to afford a longer hospital stay (or if Barloworld provided its riders with adequate health insurance) and if he had followed the postoperative care instructions more diligently.

    It's very sad that such a promising young talent and someone who, from all accounts, was a very good person was lost to the world so unnecessarily. As Velo News points out, if he were a citizen of a European nation instead of South Africa, he would have been covered by national health insurance and would not have faced such financial pressure to check out of the hospital prematurely.

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