nesocip said:Ok, http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=15261
Thats Mendrisio U23 world champs. Look at some guys who did well earlier and after at tough course u23 champs and see their careers later on.
There are no better indicators of someone's talent than Avenir and U23 champs.
Anyways, RHRH summed it up nicely, cant argue with people who consider anyone non-colombian without talent.
But in this case, the only real top talent I see up there is Betancur.
Talent is the extent to which you can perform in cycling's biggest races, GT's+classic stage races and big one day races. Whether you can peform there, is only revealed when you become pro. But one thing's for certain, you still have to become a lot better during your first pro years, compared to the level you had at the U23 races. If you can do that, you're a real talent.
And in Sicards case, he was more developed, meaning he was already close to his peak when he won those U23 races. He hasn't shown any progression, so he wasn't that talented.