A Tour de France Cyclist’s Shocking Photos Show the Effects of the Race On a Human Body

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The Tour de France is a bike race that lasts for almost a month and covers over a thousand miles. No one’s saying it’s easy. But you’ll be shocked at the toll it takes on a rider’s body after you see the pics one racer posts.

They’re, uh, not normal. I mean…jeez!

The veiny-look comes from the intense buildup of lactic acid in the legs while they’re working so hard.

He’s not even the leader. He’s not even in the top ten. He’s currently in 75th place!

If you’re wondering about the caramel color? That’s just the sun hitting the tops of his legs for hours per day. That’s why his knees are brown. That’s pretty crazy, too, right?

It seems that this is common in the world of competitive cycling. This tweet has the science behind the veiny appearance.

I mean, what these guys manage to do every July is barely human to begin with. They might as well have the legs to match.