I don't understand the problem correctly? in Uae Tour he was co-leader with Pogacar. in Catalonia, Paris Nice, Giro and Burgos he was the Leader. next year he will get extra support in the Giro with Mcnulty, Novak and Grosschartner. Fisher Black will also make his Grand Tour debut. this could also be the Vuelta. Almeida won at QS hill stages. now at Uae it were 2 mountain stages of 2000m+. without bad luck in the Giro 4th and a view of the podium. and now in the Vuelta without super form top 7. it could be worse, right?