Dr Hutch
CYCLING WEEKLY|June 17, 2021
Careful deliberations have led the Doc to conclude that anyone beyond the age of 25 should not be winning bicycle races

I’m going to make a confession, and you’re all going to be tolerant and understanding. It is this: I can’t get used to Geraint Thomas as a Grand Tour contender, let alone as a winner of the Tour de France or as the leader of probably the strongest team in this year’s race.

This is nothing against Thomas. He’s very talented, hard-working, and deserves his success. It’s just that it makes no actual sense to me.

The problem is, I think, that he’s changed as a rider through his career. And while all of us passionately believe in our own ability to develop and improve, and to set and achieve new targets, it’s much harder to get the hang of the stars doing the same. I find that I regard pro cyclists as being a little like my friends’ children – forever stuck in a time warp from about 10 years ago. It’s like the way you find yourself asking a 15-year-old if they’re still into dinosaurs.

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