SLOVENIAN cyclist Janez Brajkovic has shocked fans after he uploaded a gruesome picture of his legs after his comeback race following his doping ban.
The 35-year-old – who was suspended in July 2018 for ten months for testing positive for methylhexaneamine – returned in the CRO Race in Croatia earlier this month.
The former World Under-23 Time Trial champion posted photos showing how his legs were left with every muscle seemingly visible after the race.
Brajkovic – who has revealed he is battling an eating disorder – claims he consumed methylhexaneamine in a food supplement he took while not being able to eat properly.
He explained: “I took a meal replacement, it was contaminated, but that was the only thing I could keep inside.
“It happened to me that there were no days I would not cry before embarking on a ride. I was desperate and depressed.”
Captioning the picture of his legs on social media, he said: “It’s only about not f******* it up now.”
Fans were shocked by the images, as one quipped: “All set for Halloween.”
Another asked him : “Does that hurt?”
A third added: “I admire you, I am tipping my hat to your will, desire and love for cycling.”
Local sports doctor Natasa Desnica, the official doctor of the Croatian ski team, told reporters: “In this sport, this is a normal occurrence and on several occasions.
“I have seen cyclists shortly after three weeks of cycling races in France, Italy and Spain, who looked like him.
“Their legs were incredibly tiny, with no subcutaneous fat, and they were even dehydrated, so every bone could be seen as well as veins on the face and body, and you could see every single muscle like on an anatomical atlas.
“Fortunately, the cyclist recovers from this condition relatively quickly, his appearance normalises, it is only a matter of how such cycles have a lasting effect on health.”
Brajkovic was the world under-23 Time Trial champion in 2004.
He finished in 38th place in his comeback race where he represented the Adria Mobil team, with British rider Adam Yates winning.