MVDP had been in great form at the giro 2022. It was the tour 2022 where he was totally out of form..Laporte isn’t a world class rider, he’s a top 10 rider in classics. Let’s not pretend MVDP was in great form at the Giro. Quebec was won by Cosnefroy.
I’m not saying Girmay is a bad rider, he’s a top 10 rider, but not a WVA/MVDP rider. And that’s why last year he was lucky that he got some wins, but normally he’ll ride a good result and compete for a win but won’t in most cases.
Laporte is one of the best classic riders after van der Poel, van Aert and perhaps Pogacar right now, so a win against him surely counts.
So Girmay definitely showed more last year than this year, the question is: Which season had been the outlier. This season or the last one?