Alex Suskind
Saturday July 26th, 2014

The following photo is of Bartosz Huzarski's veiny, misshapen legs after completing the 18th stage of the Tour de France. As you can tell from the picture -- which Huzarski posted to his Facebook page -- the 145-km (or 90-mile) course can do some real damage to the limbs. 

After posting the picture, some readers accused Huzarski of blood doping, which he vehemently denied:

I did not expect that picture of my legs would cause the confusion it did. 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.'

[The Big Lead]

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