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Controversy!Cycling

You’re So Vein: Tour de France Rider Posts Leg Selfie, Causes Uproar


Wait, who won the Tour de France again? Because all anyone can talk about is Polish rider Bartosz Huzarski, who posted this leg selfie on Facebook following the 18th stage last week. It caused quite a social media kerfuffle, with some accusing him of doping. Or of being in the early stages of becoming a werewolf.

We showed you this in our TDF coverage on Sunday, but had no idea that people were freaking out over the photo in such large numbers. Most of the tweets we saw are in Polish or French, but many were saying that Huzarski must be doping, or is at the very least one of those freaky weightlifters.

Nope, not true. He’s just an athlete who rides a bike up mountains. Sydney Morning Herald:

The striking image led to some questioning whether Hubarski had dabbled in blood doping, claims which he dismissed 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 …

“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 in 68th place, by the way. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy was the winner. Full standings here.

And now, a children’s treasury of what can happen to your legs when you become a pro cyclist:




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