Dr Hutch: The best numbers in cycling are the ones you can just make up

Cycling is a numbers game, says Dr Hutch, and the more complicated the figures the better

Dr Hutch at a chalkbord
(Image credit: Alamy/Future)

In response to his non-selection for the Vuelta a España, Pavel Sivakov complained that to the INEOS team, riders were just numbers. To which I say, what did you think you were number 14?

It’s worse than that. To a big steam roller of a team, you’re just a number that’s made up of other numbers. “This is number 12. His FTP is 395, his VO2 is 75, his W/kg at FTP is 5.5 and his CdA is 0.193. We think his mum calls him Kevin, but we don’t really care.”

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