Indeed. And what of the expected trade off one would see ... with the increased ability to sustain these massive workloads to take it to the finish from a far way out (including Amstel), but to still throw in highly nuclear attacks on that (it's not like he was sitting on the wheels, as you've noted with the NP). Physiologically, when improvements are seen at the elite level across capacities, it is not suggestive of normal adaptations.Again. A normalised power of 5.1w/kg over a 186km race.
And he still finished it with a 1300W sprint.
I think in one of the MTB races from 2019 the strategy attempted was to make it a super fast pace from the start to try to prevent MVDP from attacking as effectively, but I think the outcome was he also sustained that pace, then completely dusted NS shortly before the finish, basically making him look like a novice with the amount of time taken by one attack,