El Pistolero wrote:How many WT races did he win? Exactly, only 2. I'm not saying he's not good enough to be in a WT team, I'm saying he hasn't really proven much yet in WT races. He might as well stay in a procontinal team and get a wildcard for a GT and WT stage races like Poland and Eneco Tour.
Well, you can't win the races you aren't invited to. Last year he raced in two WorldTour-races (besides the Worlds and PR) and won one stage in the Vuelta and four stages in Tour of Poland.
This year he raced in three WorldTour-races (besides the oneday races) and won two stages in the Eneco Tour.
Plus he's shown that he's got the speed to compete with the top sprinters, Greipel and Cavendish.
Anyway, I just interpreted your comment "He's definitely not real WT material" more like "he's not good enough to be in a WT team" than "he hasn't really proven much yet in WT races". I guess you can see why that interpretation is the most obvious one.
I get your point though, but it would fit on most sprinters then. Kittel is, in my opinion at least, definitely among the best sprinters in the peloton and hence deserves to be on a ProTeam.