Looking at some of their records on CQ, I see what you mean.ingsve said:I can imagine that the quality of the 2.2 and 1.2 races around the world varies a lot so just because someone dominates a bit and gets these wins it doesn't mean they are any better than european continental riders and upcoming U-23 riders. A lot of the riders that win a lot on that level are quite old and top teams would probably rather spend their budget on young promising riders that are probably just as good with the potential to be great.
The main advantage that some of these riders have is that they have the points and that they are a lot cheaper than WT riders. A win in a race like Strade Bianche is worth 5 points for the Sporting Value Ranking while winning a random 1.2 race in africa for example is worth 3 points which is almost just as good and you can get those points with paying for Gilbert.
Vrecer and Gazvoda have only really stepped up around the age of 30. Lagab has won some .2s in North Africa, but not all that many, and I don't really know how that compares with, say, a Belgian .2. Ubeto seems to win a stage of the Veulta al Tachira or Vuelta a Venezuela ever year, but there are probably quite a few promising riders on the Latin American circuit who would be ahead of him the queue for a ride in Europe if they want one.
Teklehaimanot did get a few months as a stagiare with Cervelo, but the team went under. While there might be a question or two about the level of the competition he smashes in Africa, I'm still a little surprised that some other team didn't give him a shot.
It will certainly be interesting to see if riders who probably wouldn't be in the frame without those Sporting Value Ranking points actually do make the jump to the big leagues now that they have them.
The really big teams won't need to be messing about assembling SRV points because they'll already have them. But there are a few teams who might be pretty concerned about their position. Even if some of these riders will never be able to win on a bigger stage, they should at least make reasonably useful teammates. If you can win the Tour of Qinghai Lake, you can probably be relied upon to fetch bottles in the Eneco Tour!