Picture of Tour de France Rider’s Legs Causes Social Media Frenzy

These are the legs of Tour de France cyclist Bartosz Huzarski. He took the picture after completing the gruelling 18th stage of this year’s Tour. The 145.5 stage went from Pau to Hautacam and tested the riders the most brutal climbs of the event. These climbs included the rightly feared Col de Tormelet and the Hautacam finish itself.

Ripped legs of Bartosz Huzarski. Photo: www.itv.com

Ripped legs of Bartosz Huzarski. Photo: www.itv.com

Not only did the riders traverse drag themselves up these mountains, they did it at race speed. On difficult stages like the 18th riders can burn up to twelve thousand kilojoules of energy. It is no wonder then that Huzarski’s legs were pumped and his body fat close to zero. However, the pictures of his legs drew howls of outrage and accusations of doping from the social media community; with words like ‘freakish’, ‘abnormal’ and ‘unhealthy’ being used to describe him. “Of course I will not have legs like a Victoria’s Secret model,” said Huzarski to reporters, “or anyone working in an office who does a 10km bike ride or an hour run three times a week.” “This, what you see in the picture below, is not unhealthy.” For the record, Italian Vincenzo Nibali won the stage stretching his lead to an unassailable 7 minutes and 10 seconds.  The race for second and third place will be fought out with the individual time trial on Saturday. The places that emerge from this last day of contest cycling will be carried into Paris on the next and last day of the Tour.

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