burning said:I think you missed my point as well, most of the overhyped US riders got outclassed regularly in 2.1 level in Europe and your example is a guy who seems to do well mostly in .2 level and doesn't do well in upper levels, my examples are from .1 and .HC level in US. It is clear that the level of local US riders is around amateur or .2 races in Europe.
By the way, you can obviously enjoy these races and this sort of races should definitely exist but it becomes funny when someone (Like bigmac does here all the time) overhypes these riders and they just do nothin
This period of cycling, in the big race, the tour, and giro, and some classics, and smaller European tours have become snoozefest, predictable races, as the European racing has become more pure, it has become boring, with the scientific training, power meters, garmins, race radios. For some reason, although the riders, in this tour of utah, may not be up to snuff, with the cavendishes, froomes, arus, etc. they are in genuine competition, celebrating their sports. Yeah, maybe they don't get a trip to rio, or letour, but I see aggressive racing.