Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Posts Shocking Picture Of His Leg Muscles After Race
Slovenian cyclist Janez Brajkovic has posted an eye-opening image of his leg muscles after making a return to the sport.
The 35-year-old was suspended in July last year after testing positive for a contaminated food supplement, but he jumped back on his bike earlier this month to participate in the CRO, formerly known as The Tour of Croatia.
Brajkovic took to Instagram ahead of the race to post an update of his strained legs and well, you can see every vein going.
"It's only about not f*cking it up now." he wrote.
It has been a testing time for the former top-10 finisher in the Tour de France.
Back in August, he revealed his long-running and ongoing struggle with bulimia in an emotional blog post.
He explained how methylhexaneamine, the contaminated food supplement he was banned for, was the only nourishment he was able to intake because of his eating disorder.
"I took a meal replacement, it was contaminated, but that was the only thing I could keep inside." he said.
"It happened to me that there were no days I would not cry before embarking on a ride. I was desperate and depressed."
He explained further in his emotional blog post.
"It's about poor relationship with food, disordered eating which became an eating disorder, bulimia. It happened quickly and before I knew it, I realised I was not in control anymore. It had me under control, no matter what.
"Being such a taboo topic, I couldn't just tell someone and ask for help. I learned to live with it, hoping I was going to be okay.
"Every team I've been on, from Continental to Pro Continental to WorldTour, I've had team-mates struggling. There were at least five or six, with an eating disorder, many more with disordered eating behaviours.
"They were team captains, Grand Tour podium finishers, some were just awesome riders, team-mates, happy boys if seen from third person perspective."
"Someone who fractures a bone and carries on, is seen as a hero, but somebody struggling for months, years, with mental issues, eating disorders, addiction, is WEAK?"
An incredibly important - heroic - piece of writing from @janibrajkovic.
- Mara Abbott (@cosunshinemka) August 8, 2019