Tour de France rider shows 3663km of leg wear

DANIEL CHERNY
Last updated 13:08 28/07/2014
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NO VANITY HERE: Polish Tour de France competitor Bartosz Hubarski shows his legs after stage 18 on the tour.
Bartosz Huzarski
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POLISH RIDER: Bartosz Huzarski.

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The notion that 3663.5km of riding a bike within a three week period might affect the human 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 highlight 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 every day - 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...

"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.

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