pmcg76 said:Well, I decided to do some more research on JTL and it would seem that he raced a lot outside the UK last year therefore making a mockery of the idea that he wasnt noticed because UK racing doesnt suit him, I guess racing in other countries didnt really suit him either. Looking through his programme, he raced in South Africa, South Korea, Mallorca and a number of French races including Tour of Normandy, Circuit de Lorraine, Boucles de l'Mayene & Ronde l'Oise. In fact he won one race in the UK which was Ryedale GP.
I also noted that his victory in Leon was partly due to the fact he wasnt riding in the lead as his team were defending the race lead at the time. According to the man himself, he was fresher than everyone else because he wasnt working. Rapha-Condor website.
Also his postion at the Tour of Britain was more down to his perfromance in the TT than through the hills. Ironic considering he sucked in most of the TTs he had done previously against lesser opposition.
Yes, it truly is amazing what you learn when you do a little background research. Which again leads us back to the original point in that I see nothing in his previous performances to suggest anywhere neat the level of racing he achieved over the last few weeks.
You conveniently leave out the fact that he was at the pointy end of most of these races. 8th in South Africa (and 2nd in the KOM competition), 4th in Korea, 2nd in León (and, as said before, winning a stage against Goos), and of course the 6th place in Britain.
And in 2010 he won a stage of the Rás, finishing on Seskin Hill.
Of course Wetterhall, Impey, Mizbani and Moyano are a different caliber than the riders he's up against now, but the fact remains that he's done quite OK in the last years. Nowhere near the achievements that he reached in the last two weeks, but he's shown his talent before.
If you say now that these results of his still mean he's a nobody in the big picture, I won't speak against that. But you don't finish in the top-10 of four different stage races if you're not good.