As part of the UCI’s on-going mental testing of all riders for their psychological passport, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador both correctly guessed the number of dolphins swimming in the tank. The answer was of course, two.
“It’s important that we have a clear baseline measurement of their mental capabilities,” said the UCI’s head psychologist Erik Sorenson. “Treading water while counting another species is a every exact measure of brain function.”
The UCI Psychological passport has been under fire from some critics for its unusual protocols. President Patrick McQuaid said “we do whatever tests we want. The Dolphin test is an accepted measure, so just shut up.”
Pierre Boudry, head of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), laughed at the test. “It is worthless, this test. We prefer to use the sea otter — it is less obvious,” he said.