Team Sky have revealed the numbers behind their bid for a maiden WorldTour cobbled Classics win as attention turns to the cobbled climbs of Belgium and northern France this spring.
Having kicked off their campaign with victory, courtesy of a stunning ride by Ian Stannard at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Britain’s only WorldTour team will hope to continue their form on their return to the Flandrian cobbles this week.
From rolling out for the Omloop Het Nieuwsbald until they reach the Roubaix velodrome which marks the end of the cobbled Classics – and Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Team Sky career – the team will have tackled 79 sections of cobbles, covering 115.6km.
In that time, they will have prepared 24 bikes and carried 92 spare wheels for each race, with each cobbled section requiring 45 per cent more effort to ride according to Sky’s infographic.
Clearly a stickler for punishment, Ian Stannard will be looking to add to his team-high 33 Team Sky appearances at the cobbled Classics – though he has some way to go to matching team-mate Bernie Eisel career total of 64 starts.
For more great facts and figures about Team Sky’s cobbled Classics campaign, check out the infographic above.