Tinkov runs the numbers
Tinkoff-Saxo tycoon blowhard Oleg Tinkov said that by the team’s own calculations, his rider Alberto Contador would have won the 2014 Tour de France by three minutes.
He bases that claim on knowledge of Contador’s power numbers and some guess at Nibali’s wattage and the historical data on Chris Froome.
“Of course it’s all virtual and so the debate goes nowhere,” says Tinkov. “But we believe Alberto would have won and won quite easily.”
As it turns out, Tinkov has a whole set of numbers and pre-determined outcomes. Based on those same equations, the Russian businessman states that Contador will win the 2015 Tour de France by 2 minutes, 37 seconds and in a closer battle in 2016 will still triumph by a margin of 1 minutes, 23 seconds. That number may change slightly if the route contains any cobblestones.
Tinkov has also run the power data for his new superstar Peter Sagan and flat out states that the Slovakian will win next year’s Milan-San Remo by 17 seconds and then obliterate his rivals in the Tour of Flanders, winning solo by 1 minutes, 22 seconds.
These are hard numbers, scientifically precise, right on the money. Not even sports science geek David Brailsford of Team Sky would question the calculations.
If all goes well, new grand tour talent Rafal Majka will take the next Giro d’Italia by 2 minutes and 57 seconds and Tinkov has also run the numbers for this month’s US Pro Cycling Challenge. A close look at the metrics has convinced Tinkov that Majka will win in Colorado by 53 seconds.
The fact is, Oleg Tinkov even has data to strongly suggest that potential new signing Edvald Boasson Hagen will take stage 14 of next year’s Tour de France by at least 27 seconds — this without any knowledge of the stage route.
And finally, Tinkov has taken his crystal ball-super computer and worked out that suspended rider Roman Kreuziger will win his doping battle against the UCI in exactly 2 months, 18 days and 12 hours.