I have never seen anything like this cyclist’s legs before… never! The image below is of Polish rider Bartosz Huzarski’s legs after the 18th stage of cycling’s premier event. Mr. Huzarski had taken the photo himself on Sunday and had then he had posted it on his Facebook account.
Incredibly, at least to me, the cyclist’s photo promptly caused a social media storm. Following the revelation of his veiny legs, the 33-year-old cyclist was subjected to abuse, including accusations of doping. Mr. Huzarski was just as baffled by the uproar as I am, commenting:
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.
Of course, the effect has been amplified by the fact that Mr. Huzarski is standing up, which causes his veins to be filling with blood.
But I think that there is something else going on here. Cycling fans and the general public have been lied to by cyclists for decades now — Lance Armstrong being the most prominent example — and it will take a long time for the sport’s premier athletes to win their trust back. Whether this would help Mr. Huzarski feel better about the abuse, I don’t know…
1. Mr. Huzarski posted this picture of his legs after the 18th stage on Thursday.
2. Mr. Huzarski posing for a less controversial shot.
3. Following the revelation of his veiny legs, the 33-year-old cyclist was subjected to abuse, including accusations of doping.
Share this incredible image of the toll the Tour de France takes on the cyclists with your friends below — they would not have seen anything like that before.