Originally Posted by Libertine Seguros
That was still years ago, and he went from being a solid rider accumulating fairly good results in 2.2 races and getting an occasional win from a breakaway, to a strong rider beating much stronger fields by being the class of the field.
What was the parcours of these 2.2 races? Surely that's important to know before judging. Or are all races exactly the same? He's a rider who excels on short climbs - unproven at the other stuff as far as I can see. Without that he's not likely to win.
As he moved up the ranks he got on to better teams and had more choice of races, thereby being able to pick ones that suit him. Put Rodriguez in a fairly flat 2.2 race (maybe with time trials) and he's not going to win either.
Your recent points on this thread seem to rely on all races being the same and all riders racing the same in those races.