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Photo of Polish cyclist Bartosz Huzarski's legs whips up social media frenzy

The striking image of Polish cyclist Bartosz Huzarski's legs.

The striking image of Polish cyclist Bartosz Huzarski's legs. Photo: Facebook/Bartosz Huzarski

The notion that 3663.5km of riding a bike within a three week period might affect the human the body should hardly come as a surprise, but a photo posted by Polish cyclist Bartosz Huzarski's legs taken after the 18th stage of the Tour de France highlighted just how great a toll the event places on its athletes.

The striking image led to some questioning whether Hubarski had dabbled in blood doping, claims which he dimissed on his Facebook page.

"I did not expect that picture of my legs would cause the confusion it did," he said.

"For me it’s totally not a revelation, because I can see this view - maybe not everyday – but still often, especially after a hard race at high temperature.

"People write and think different things, “that is impossible”, “that is not normal”, “it is unhealthy”, refer to doping, etc …

never get lost when u have road maps like these - Bartosz Huzarski from @NetAppEndura #TDF2014 #grandtoursgeturipped pic.twitter.com/4FnkcJur0o

— Robbie McEwen (@mcewenrobbie) July 27, 2014

never get lost when u have road maps like these - Bartosz Huzarski from @NetAppEndura #TDF2014 #grandtoursgeturipped pic.twitter.com/4FnkcJur0o

"Of course I will not have legs like Victoria’s Secret models, or Mary from a nearby vegetable shop, or anyone working in an office who does a 10km bike ride or an hour run three times a week. Unfortunately it does not work like that and this what you see in the picture. It is not unhealthy."

Huzarski finished 68th in the event won by Italian Vicenzo Nibali.

43 comments

  • this is just a natural reaction by the body to having blood pumped through the legs for 3 weeks straight, 6 hours a day. it's the physiological equivalent of a p-plater fitting a drain-pipe exhaust system to their Mitsubishi Lancer.

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    husband of the year
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    melb
    Date and time
    July 28, 2014, 10:59AM
    • You might find that exhaust changes to a car like a Lancer is because it has a turbo.

      The difference between a normal Lancer (103 kW) and an Evolution Lancer (221 kW) which has a turbo is about 40-50k. The cars are vastly different, and horsepower wise which is what your hinting at after changing the exhaust on the Evo with a tune could be around (300 kW). Remembering this is at the flywheel :)

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      Ben
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 11:50AM
    • I wonder what car Ben drives...

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      Alex
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      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 12:45PM
    • Husband of the year wins worst metaphor of the year award.

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      The Analyser
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 1:01PM
    • @Alex Lancer with a drain pipe.

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      Ben
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 4:57PM
    • hey ben, p platers can't drives evos.

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      craig
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 4:59PM
  • It just shows what low percentage body fat this guy (and all pro cyclists) has. We all have veins like this but in most of us they are hidden within a layer of sub cutaneous fat. His veins are also dilated because he's hot.

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    Michael
    Date and time
    July 28, 2014, 11:48AM
    • He looks just like the anatomy pictures in the text books.

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      37Bodie
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 2:36PM
  • I wish my legs looked like that.

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    Treadly
    Date and time
    July 28, 2014, 12:00PM
    • Yuk, I don't. I'll stick with my pins.

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      A country gal
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 1:13PM

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