Tuarts wrote:Oh yes, can you tell me who the 2010 in Europe Colombian equivelant of Evans, Rogers, Porte, Lloyd were?
Ryo's talking about the list of prospects. Porte can borderline go into the set of prospects though he's a couple of years older than the other young Aussies being talked about in this thread. Evans, Rogers and Lloyd do not belong to that generation at all, they're established pros who've been around for years.
Colombia DOES have a generation of riders who look to be pretty amazing talents - Betancourt, Duarte, Henao, Urán, Quintana, Chalapud, Atapuma, Jaime Castañeda, Vergara and Sarmiento to name but a few. Those are the ones Ryo is comparing, not to the likes of Rogers and Evans, but to the likes of Meyer, Meyer, Bobridge, Matthews and co.
The Colombians match up pretty well with the Aussies in that respect - but as we've seen before, they don't necessarily travel to Europe well, and thus their potential is not fully capitalised on. Which is why we shouldn't hail a generation as golden until they've had a few years to mature in the pro ranks, as they could wind up failing to make that final step. The sport is littered with amazing prospects who took to the elite level like JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf, and also with people who are still around and pretty good but never lived up to their amazing potential - Yaroslav Popovych and Mikhail Ignatiev are two that immediately spring to mind.
So yea, in terms of prospects, Colombia looks pretty good right now. But just cos they have great prospects doesn't mean that in ten years' time they'll have a huge number of top riders, just as Australia having a huge number of good prospects doesn't mean each and every one will live up to that potential.