These Legs After Finishing 16 Stages of the Tour de France Are Vascular Pump Goals


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Polish rider Pawel Poljanski posted an unbelievable photo after cycling for 70 hours
By Reegan Von Wildenradt

Looking for a way to get a vascular pump in those legs? Apparently riding a bike through France for nearly 70 hours works well. It did for rider Pawel Poljanski. The Polish cycling professional posted a photo on Instagram of his legs after finishing the first 16 stages of the Tour de France, and all we can say is, damn.

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“After sixteen stages I think my legs look a little tired.” Yes, we’d say they look a little tired. Poljanski, who rides for the BORA-Hansgrohe team, has been riding in the world’s largest cycling race since July 1st, and just finished stage 16 of the 21-stage race.

What exactly have these legs undergone to date? Poljanski has covered 2,830 kilometers of the 3,540-kilometer race. The course is speckled with a variety of different stages, including individual time trials, flat stages, hilly stages and mountain stages. Even considering the flat and downhill portions, the race averages out to a nearly 7 percent gradient. Those shredded legs are starting to make a lot of sense.

Thus far, the cyclists have completed three mountain stages and three hilly stages. With under a week left before crossing the finish line in Paris, Poljanski and the rest of the riders have two more mountain stages, two flat stages and one more individual time trail before crossing the finish line in Paris. Poljanski is currently sitting in 75th place overall.

While we would all love to get those jacked legs, riding for weeks up mountains doesn’t exactly sound like something any of us mere humans could hope to survive. Luckily, this killer leg workout is a good start. You might not get to Poljanski’s ridiculous vascular pump status, but your legs will light up.

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