Green jersey leader Kittel abandons Tour

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Cycling is tough on the legs, everyone knows that, but one look at Pawel Poljanski's pins after Stage 16 of the Tour de France demonstrates just how tough.

Australian Michael Matthews is primed to win the Tour de France's green jersey after taking the points lead on stage 17.

"After sixteen stages I think my legs look little exhausted", Poljanski wrote alongside the image.

Mont Ventoux (1,912m): Introduced in 1951, three-time victor and current yellow jersey holder Chris Froome made history past year by running up the mountain after a crash forced him to abandon his bike.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider is now 75th in the general classification, after finishing 66th in the 16th stage between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere.

American cyclist George Hincapie had a serious case of varicose veins during the 2011 Tour de France.

"People write and think different things, "that is impossible", "that is not normal", "it is unhealthy", refer to doping, etc".

The 27-year-old Slovenian mimicked a ski-jump landing as he leapt onto the victory podium in Serre-Chevalier after claiming the Tour's Queen stage in the Alps.

He is now in first place in this year's Tour de France.

The Polish cyclist posted a graphic picture of his extremely veiny legs on Instagram after the first 16 legs of the event. Thomas and Porte both crashed out, while Demare, who had won the stage four sprint, could not finish within the time limit.

The cyclist is not the first to how the impact that long-distance cycling has on the body.

Kittel led the green jersey competition by nine points after five stage wins but is out after an early crash today.

The pack rides in Perigueux during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 178 kilometers (110.6 miles) with start in Perigueux and finish in Bergerac, France, Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

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