nick101 wrote:2011 was his best climbing so far and he isn't climbing much worse. he put out 1700VAM on long climbs and is currently putting out the same so hasn't really gotten better, others have just gotten worse. there are numerous riders that could beat froome if they were peaking but they haven't. evans, andy and contador all could. as for andy not being great I disagree with that as he set the third fastest time on the zoncolan so that surely counts for something plus his attacks on the tourmalet and izoard were certainly some of the most exciting in recent years.i never said contador can climb better than pantani or tt better than cancellara. contador has proven on verbier he can climb better than pantani on anything less than 20 mintues based on raw data. a riders percentage is exponential i.e. it would be easier to go from 70% to 80% than 80% to 90%.
Andy's career does have some spurious one offs a single run up Zoncolan or one attack on one mountain stage of the Tour does not make him great though the 2011 Galibier stage was superb (more of that kind of stuff I might like the guy)