'I think my legs look tired'

  • 'I think my legs look tired'

'I think my legs look tired'

It is 32 years since French cycling fans had a home hero to cheer as overall victor of the Tour de France, but Warren Barguil showed signs on Thursday that he could be the man to eventually end the victory drought.

Poljanski, who is in 75position in the race, has spent most of his Tour working with his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates.

It kicked off in Dusseldorf, with Britain's Geraint Thomas winning the first stage.

The 104th Tour de France also sees the riders take in the sights of neighboring Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg and 34 French counties.

By the time Kittel pulled out of the race in stage 17, that margin was 373-364.

It remains unclear whether the Polish cyclist will end his stay at the circuit due to injury but the after-effects of a marathon cycling race are there for all to see.

A thesis could be written on the rigours of the Tour de France, but Poljanski's photo, showing legs riven with veins that look poised to burst and skin frazzled by the sun, says it all.

But Sagan controversially was disqualified after the chaotic stage-four finish where British sprinter Mark Cavendish crashed out of the Tour.

Cavendish was out of the Tour, with a broken shoulder.

"After sixteen stages I think my legs look little exhausted", the 27-year-old wrote on his Instagram account.

Poljanski's Instagram showed the cyclist's legs stretched out in front of him, with his veins prominently bulging-out from thigh-to-toe and his knees looking sunburnt.

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.