Off all the reasons this year's Tour de France will be remembered for cyclist Pawel Poljanski will definitely be a part of them. Poljanski recently posted a picture on Instagram of his legs which is proof enough to freak anyone out and make them realize the toughness of this contest. How tough the contest is has always triggered the curiosity of cycling enthusiasts, and after looking at this picture we don't think that we're ready to even get on a tricycle.
A post shared by Paweł Poljański (@p.poljanski) on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:04am PDT
The caption of this picture, “After sixteen stages I think my legs look a little tired” has left many of us shocked and wondering if this is how his legs look when he is ‘little tired', what happens when he is completely exhausted. Well, soon the picture spread like a wild forest fire and people started expressing their concern over the condition of his legs.
A post shared by Paweł Poljański (@p.poljanski) on Jul 11, 2017 at 1:34am PDT
His picture sent the internet into a meltdown and people started question if this is even healthy. Clearing the air around this, Dr. Bradley Launikonis from the University of Queensland's School of Biomedical Science, said that as compared to recreation exercisers, professional cyclists experience double the blood flow to their legs. According to a report published in The Daily Mail, he said “The amount of blood normally going down to our legs is five liters per minute. For an untrained athlete, maximum exercise will have 20 liters per minute. These elite cyclists will have double that, about 40 liters per minute.” He further added, “The blood can pool there too and that's what's happening in this extreme case.”
Despite being equally shocked as we are, the good folks on Twitter didn't lose their sheen and expressed their concern in their own regular savage style.
Looks like Melisandre's legs after she took the necklace off....😖#GameOfThrones— LSUguru (@LSU_fan77) July 18, 2017
@jwilphotos I thought that was deer legs in the thumbnail— DJ Hella Yella (@djhellayella) July 19, 2017
You sure it's not a result of all the performance enhancement drugs that are very prominent amongst cyclists?— Thabani (@tkmash) July 19, 2017
If you think that looks bad, here's how the upper body appeared: pic.twitter.com/VBJyirMFG3— John Kryk (@JohnKryk) July 19, 2017
And I'm like... pic.twitter.com/AlsPMiHMHj— Usama Aftab (@robingosh) July 19, 2017
@brivera_04 who skipped leg day?— RJC (@RJC_32) July 18, 2017
I though another well preserved mummy had been discovered.— Kevin Litke (@klitke605) July 19, 2017
This year's Tour de France is being led by Chris Froome. It is three-week event with 21 stages of super intense cycling mapped out in the toughest terrain of the French countryside.