Originally Posted by Bye Bye Bicycle
How do you define "good" in the case of a domestique? You won't see the worth of such a rider in his cq points. Or why do you think Rabobank has kept Grischa Niermann for more than a decade?
Vandborg is a valuable water-carrier and pacemaker on flat stages. Every team needs riders like him.
Every team needs good water-carriers and pacemakers, not riders like Vandborg who has done nothing and is dropped right away. And good pacemakers are pretty easy to spot also as they're in the front of the peloton, something Vandborg has been very little. One time when he did a decent pull in a TDF-stage for Liquigas in 2009 is pretty much what I can remember of him doing valuable pacemaker work. Niermann for comparison has often been visible at the front.
If he was so valuable he would also not have been sacked from Saxo, who should know if he had such hidden qualities. But no they saw that Vandborgs 74 place !!! in Dauphine trying to get on the TDF-team left him so exhausted that he was gruppetto every day in the TDF unable to do any kind of help at all.