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Bartosz Huzarski posts remarkable photo of his legs after stage 18 of Tour de France

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I can’t imagine how grueling one stage of the Tour de France is, let alone participating in 21 of them over three weeks. To say one of cycling’s more well known races is a test of physical endurance would be a mild understatement.

Stage 18 of this year’s Tour de France took place on Thursday and covered 145.5 km (90.4 mi). Poland’s Bartosz Huzarski completed the stage in 4 hours, 15 minutes, good for 31st place out of 164 cyclists.

As you can probably guess, it takes quite a toll on your legs to pedal for 90+ miles. After the race, Huzarski posted the above photo to his Facebook page showing the effects the stage on had on his legs.

The 33-year-old elaborated a bit on their state, saying:

“For me it’s totally not a revelation, because I can see this view – maybe not everyday – but still often, especially after a hard race at high temperature, Huzarski said via Metro UK.”

“People write and think different things, “that is impossible”, “that is not normal”, “it is unhealthy”, refer to doping, etc …”

“Of course I will not have legs like Victoria’s Secret models, or Mary from a nearby vegetable shop, or anyone working in an office who does a 10km bike ride or an hour run three times a week. Unfortunately it does not work like that and this what you see in the picture. It is not unhealthy.”

After Stage 20, Huzarski is in 68th place with a cumulative time of 89 hours, 35 minutes, 52 seconds.

H/T Deadspin

Vincenzo Nibali rejected on kiss after winning stage at Tour de France (Video)

Vincenzo Nibali probably felt like he was on top of the world after winning stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday, but one of the yellow jersey presenting girls quickly put him back in place.

After receiving the yellow jersey for winning the stage, Nibali looked to his right and kissed the girl who presented him with flowers. But when he went to kiss the jacket presenter on his left, he was totally denied.

What was weird was the girl even put her arm on the back of his head/neck as if she were ready for the kiss. Then she quickly turned away.

What happened?

Did he scare her off with some stanking dragon breath? Did she notice a piece of food caught in his teeth? A big pimple on his nose? Why did she do him dirty like that?

You gotta love the way Nibali tried to play it off by going with the collar adjustment.

Vincenzo Nibali neck

“Yeah, I was really just trying to touch my neck there. Nothing to see, people.”

Surrrrre Nibali, like nobody noticed.

As funny as that was and as much as I like to mock Nibali for the embarrassing moment, that’s all on the podium girl. She has to know that’s part of the job. What was she thinking?

H/T For the Win

Cyclist Eloy Teruel celebrates prematurely, costs himself win (Video)

Eloy-TeruelSpanish cyclist Eloy Teruel would have won the seventh stage of the Tour of California on Saturday if the race was one lap shorter. Teruel had a substantial lead over the other cyclists heading into the final lap, but he thought he was crossing the finish line at the time. He raised his arms in the air in triumph and was subsequently passed by dozens of opponents.

Announcers and fans tried to shout to Teruel to let him know there was still another lap, but he was too busy celebrating to notice. Peter Sagan of Slovakia went on to win the stage. Teruel poked fun at himself on Twitter after the epic embarrassment.

Basically, Teruel pulled a DeSean Jackson. It’s hard to watch someone lose a race like that.

Video via For the Win

Cyclist Peter Sagan apologizes for pinching rear of ‘podium girl’

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Cyclist Peter Sagan apologized after being criticized for pinching the rear of a girl on the podium following his second-place finish in the Tour of Flanders in Belgium on Sunday.

Sagan finished second to winner Fabian Cancellara, who received a peck on the cheek from the trophy ladies after the race. That’s when Sagan reached over to pinch blond “podium girl” Maya.

After the photograph was publicized, Sagan began receiving criticism. The Independent has a roundup of the criticism, which came from journalists and cyclists.

“Shame that Peter Sagan has so much class on a bike and so very little off it,” cyclist Michael Hutchinson wrote while linking to a photo of the pinch.

Sagan, a 23-year-old from Slovakia, sent the following tweet Sunday to apologize:

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Mike Tyson may be the last person who supports Lance Armstrong

lance armstrongIf anyone knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity and being hated, it’s Mike Tyson. Iron Mike came from nothing to become one of the greatest fighters to ever live. He also bit a man’s ear off and was one of the most disrespectful athletes of his generation. For those reasons and more, it comes as no surprise that Tyson sympathizes with Lance Armstrong.

During an appearance on WLNY-TV’s The Couch Tuesday morning, Tyson had nothing but nice things to say about the disgraced cyclist.

“He is an awesome human being,” the former heavyweight champ said, via CBS New York. “We’re all human beings, we’re all going to make mistakes. We’re not perfect, and neither is Lance.”

Despite the fact that Armstrong recently admitted to cheating during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Tyson would not label him a “cheater.” Instead, he urged Armstrong’s friends to support him during this difficult time and help him fight through it.

“I think that people that are his friends should still be his friends,” Iron Mike said. “He’s going to get bashed for awhile, so if you’re truly his friend, try to help him absorb the blows. He’s gonna come out, he’s gonna stay strong, and he’s going to get over this.”

We know one tennis star who couldn’t possibly disagree more, and the same can be said for most people. That’s very nice of Tyson to be so empathetic, but Armstrong is not a victim. He brought all of this on himself, and he destroyed the lives of other people in the process. Not only did he cheat, but he bullied others into doing the same and threatened people into keeping quiet about it. Sorry, Mike. I enjoyed your appearance in the first “Hangover” movie, but you’re way off on this one.

Here is Tyson’s full interview:

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Lance Armstrong facing lawsuit from those misled by his books

lance armstrongLance Armstrong’s reputation is being destroyed more and more by the day. Most of us never believed him over the years when he vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but the seven-time Tour de France champion still had plenty of supporters before he admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he cheated. Some of those supporters contributed to Armstrong’s fortune by purchasing his books. Now, they want their money back.

According to the LA Times, a Republican political consultant named Rob Stutzman and a professional chef named Jonathan Wheeler are leading a class action lawsuit against Armstrong regarding sales of his books, “It’s Not About the Bike” and “Every Second Counts.” The lawsuit, which was filed in California federal court on Tuesday, said Stutzman, Wheeler and others “would not have purchased the books had they known the true facts concerning Armstrong’s misconduct and his admitted involvement in a sports doping scandal.”

Armstrong denied doping to win the Tour de France in both books, but his recent admission to Oprah proved that he is a liar.

“Stutzman bought the book in California and read it cover to cover,” the lawsuit said. “Although Stutzman does not buy or read many books, he found Armstrong’s book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends.”

While we certainly feel that one Oprah interview is hardly enough for Armstrong to begin earning forgiveness for the damage he has caused by lying and cheating, I don’t see how the lawsuit could stick. Armstrong certainly isn’t the first person to lie in a book about himself. Does that mean anyone who bought an autobiography can sue the author if they determine he or she lied when writing it? It seems like quite a stretch.

Australian library takes hilarious shot at Lance Armstrong

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Lance Armstrong may have his sympathizers, but those operating Manly Library in New South Wales, Australia, are not among them.

Holly Byrnes, a News Limited national TV writer, shared a photo on Twitter Sunday of a sign posted in the library that pokes fun at the cyclist.

The sign informs guests that “all non-fiction Lance Armstrong books … will soon be moved to the fiction section.”

While some may be willing to forgive Armstrong now that he confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he doped and used steroids throughout his cycling career, the library is doing its part to remind everyone of how much of a liar he is. Those books glorifying Armstrong are as much of a fairy tale as Lennay Kekua and should be treated as such.

Photo credit: Twitter/Holly Byrnes
H/T Can’t Stop the Bleeding