Alexandre B. wrote:
13 wins out of the last 16 prestigious french stage races (P-N, Dauphiné, Tour).
To be honest, I'm bored.
14 out of 18 if you go back to the 2011 Dauphine, which was really the breakthrough win for Sky as a stage racing squad. Of the four 'failures', Wiggins crashed out of the 2011 Tour and Froome did the same in the 2014 Tour. Froome was in the leader's jersey at the 2014 Dauphine before crashing and then in the 2014 Paris-Nice Thomas was sitting second, eight seconds behind Betancur, with two stages to go before crashing out. Without the crashes I think Froome would have won those two races, Wiggins would have gone very close at worst to winning the 2011 Tour but Thomas would have remained 2nd at best behind Betancur.
Sky have been far less successful in the big Spanish and Italian stage races. They've never won the Giro, Tirreno, Vuelta or Pais Vasco. Just Porte's win in the 2015 Catalunya. So just one GC win since their inception in 2010 in those 35 (36 including this year's Tirreno) combined races. Just one monument win out of 35 attempts too (Poels at LBL in 2016).
Obviously Team Sky was basically founded with the explicit intention of winning the Tour so that explains a large part of the discrepancy in results but it doesn't tell the whole story. They've sent some extremely strong teams to the Spanish and Italian races. This year's Tirreno team is much stronger than their Paris-Nice squad for instance. Unlike the French races they've had some very near misses, particularly in Spain (three 2nds and a 3rd at Pais Vasco, three 2nds and a 3rd at the Vuelta). The Italian stage races have nearly always been a disaster for Sky due to crashes, illness and just poor performance generally. There has only been Uran's 2nd place at the 2013 Giro, after Wiggins went home, and Froome's 2nd place at the 2013 Tirreno.