At first look, this pic is a little disturbing, but experts say it’s not unusual for an elite cyclist – like Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski (pictured here) – and certainly not a sign of any kind of performance enhancement.
These athletes work their muscles SO hard – for SO long – that after they stop the blood remains pooled in the veins in their legs. These elite cyclists will be pumping 8 times the ‘normal’ amount of blood through their veins – roughly double what you and I would be capable of – just to keep up with the muscles’ massive demand for oxygen.
Another cyclist had posted a similar pic back in 2014 and face doping accusations from some people online. I love his response: “Of course I will not have legs like Victoria’s Secret models, or Mary from the nearby vegetable shop, or anyone working in an office who does a 10km bike ride or an hour run three times a week.”
With two grueling Alpine stages today and tomorrow, it’s worth giving it a portion of your TV time so that you can truly appreciate what these athletes put their bodies through.