DenisMenchov said:Well, I said that he is too young, Carrols is the one who's claiming the opposite
Only going by what I am seeing on the road. Yes he is still young, but he Burned Brightly at a young age, hence he has had the 6 years of peak performance generally granted to the best already.
2011 TdF he was still a major force, his showing was from Giro fatigue and injury. When he felt good he attacked and looked like Alberto of old.
2012 Vuelta he won on race savvy and tactics but the light of greatness was dimming. The acceleration was there but no stamina to hold it. I thought it was just race rust and his semi classic win bore that theory out to a degree.
2013 he has never shown any form of note, has been unable to find it and in this Tour has shown all the indicators of collapse The swift and hard collapse that the greats are prone to.
That doesn't mean he can't recover and become just a very good rider, garnering podiums and even wins in the right circumstances. Just that the burning light of greatness might no longer be there.
Geez I even selected him to be 2nd behind Froome on GC in the poll. Due to Hope. But his interview today put a wet blanket on hope