After cycling through a violent hailstorm a cyclist showed what his body looks like. Tim Declercq had just finished stage two of France's Criterium, du Dauphine when he chose to take a picture of his battered and bruised back and the pictures are absolutely horrifying.
After cycling through a destructive hailstorm a rider has revealed what his body looks like.
Tim Declercq had just finished stage two of France's Criterium, du Dauphine, when he wanted to take a picture of his battered and bruised back.
The 31-year-old cyclist posted to his Instagram account where he showed the impact the horrific weather had on him.
Tim shared two snaps on his stories, the first with the caption: "As if Le Dauphine were not painful enough for the legs. #hailstones."
But luckily it seems as if the bruises weren't as bad as they seemed at first glimpse, because a few hours later the Belgian posted a second photo of his back.
And the bruises occur to have all but vanished on the pic.
The caption read: "Back is pretty healing up."
But Declercq wasn't the only one who suffered during the brutal stage.
Speaking to the media, Israeli cyclist Guy Niv said: "Crazy. The hail was so big. Normally when you have this kind of hailstone you stay home, but we were riding and still had one or two km until the top of the climb."
Adding: "I feel quite bad for the spectators who were on the side of the road because they were there without any shelter. It was quite painful, actually, I just wanted to finish it and go straight into the bus.
"It was not the best experience for the end of this day."
German rider Nils Politt said he was struck by the hailstones.
He said: "It was really painful. I got one hail here under my right eye and then I just said that this was enough."
The director of Groupama-FDJ, Philippe Maudit, posted a video to his Twitter account showing a group of riders fighting their way through the heavy hail and up the steep hill.
But the harsh weather was taking its toll on those in the chase.
And the family of cyclists, including stage winner and lead cyclist Primoz Roglic, whose wife and young child had to take refuge in a Cycling News reporter's car while the storm was raging.
The podium ceremonies were also cut short after the collapse of the inflatable roof as Team Ineos' Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) gave out the white jersey for the best young rider.
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