Look, if you want context, I can give you context.
His RAS stage win was from a break. I can count how many guys that done well at the RAS who have gone on to compete at PT level.
I am not directly comparing him to Mark Cassidy, simply making the comparison if Cassidy suddenly sarted doing well in ProTour fields, it would be strange. Doesnt have to be in climbing, could be in sprinting or classics or anything.
His Premier league win was on a gradual drag as opposed to a hill, otherwise it wouldnt have been a sprint finish between the lead riders. Apparently, at the Lincoln GP which is much hillier, he was working for Zak Dempster.
His win at Leon owed much to the fact that Dan Craven was race leader and when the break went, he sat on as a dead weight, much like the SKY boys yesterday. He has said himself, he was the freshest at the finish because of this. At the start of that stage, he was 3rd in GC thanks to Rapha finishing 2nd in the TTT and Dan Craven was leader. Afterward he was 2nd overtaking Craven.
Finally he won the KOM at Tour of Britain, do you know who was 2nd in that competition? Russell Hampton!! Context!! I have seen enough TOBs going back to the Kelloggs days to know that the domestic riders come into the race in top shape with the aim of getting in breaks, doing well in the minor competitions and hoping for a good GC to get noticed.
Meanwhile most of the Continetal riders are winding down their seasons and dont give a crap. That climb to Caerphilly where he looked so good, have you seen the picture of Eisel getting of his bike and jokingly shouting encouragement at the SKY riders as they pass and they are having a right old laugh. Context my friend, context. This is probably why no PT picked him up, they understand the performances in the context of the race itself. Weak field, end of season race and super motivated local teams.
In an interview on Velonation, JTL say he is annoyed at people saying he came out of nowhere and then quotes his performances in France as an amateur as proof of his talent
along with the KOM in Britain. Considering he was never at Pro level to start, how can he be away from that level for 5 years?
If you take the 2011 season as a whole, JTL was outperformed by Dempster, House and Craven on his own team. To go from being outperformed by these guys to then outperforming a ProTour field is a huge jump in a short space of time.
Based on my postings on this thread, it sounds like I am JTL arch enemy No 1 and that I have a vendetta against him, I dont and why would I. I found his performances very surprising and therefore suspicious which applies to all riders who make sudden jumps, that does not mean automatic guilt though. All I ended up doing is arguing with people who are trying to go to all lengths to tell me it wasnt very surprising.
If you find his performances surprising, then I dont see why it would be a shock to see somebody be then suspicious. This is Procycling afterall.
On that note, I am done on this subject. I am not posting in this thread again as I dont feel like continaully pulling the guy apart(Yes I know, too late). He is a decent rider who has had a few shock performances so we will see where he goes from here. Good luck to him in the future.