You might have never heard about Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski, never seen him ride a bicycle but after watching this latest image that he shared on his Instagram account, you are unlikely to forget him, EVER! Pawel Poljanski, the Polish cyclist shared an image of his legs after completing the 16th stage of this year’s Tour de France and the sight is deeply disturbing. “After sixteen stages I think my legs look little tired,” the cyclist posted on Instagram, alongside a photo of his veiny, sunburnt limbs. The image, of course, left people shocked who asked is it even healthy! In the image, you can clearly see the veins of Pawel Poljanski standing out on his skin. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider is currently 75th in the general classification, after finishing 66th in the 16th stage between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere.
This isn’t the first time when a cyclist is in the news for showing off his limbs. This year’s Tour de France leader Chris Froome made the headlines for showing off his circulatory system in a Team Sky post back in 2014. This is very common among cyclists as they have to ride for long durations in contrasting temperature. However, this often leads to the talks of doping among fans due to some incidents that have taken place in the past. Here is the image shared by Pawel Poljanski:
Why does this happen?
According to a report published by ABC News, Dr Bradley Launikonis from the University of Queensland’s School of Biomedical Science explained that many elite cyclists experience double blood flow to their legs compared to recreational exercisers. The leg muscles require oxygen in this situation but as the cyclists keep pushing themselves to the extreme, the blood pools in the veins after having massive amounts of blood in the legs for a long period of time. As a result, when the cyclist is done with the race, his veins start showing up. So, you can see the veins through the skin and there is a lot of pressure in them.