What fascinates me the most is why Ineos, who was the mighty team of the last decade and has one of the biggest budgets around (and bigger than TJV i think) can't come up with an answer to what Jumbo and UAE are doing. Sure they have been on the podium the last 2 years but neither Carapaz last year nor Thomas this year have showed signs of being capable of more than that.
And the team who brought Wiggins, Froome and Thomas to the pinnacle of GT racing, despite buying continuously the biggest young talent available, hasn't come out with a new freak to dominate it all.
Even the Bernal reign was shortlived. I know he had back problems that could have hampered is progression, but could the 2019 Bernal be of any match this year? His 2021 Giro and 2021 Vuelta versions don't seem to have the speed and consistency to hang around to this pace.
i think you still need an exceptional responder to doping to get a Tour winner, talent itself isnt nearly enough...i think froome was exceptional in that regard,Indurain obviously,Pantani, Lance, Pog, Vingegaard, despite what people think about froome, he had to have some level of talent even tho it never manifested until he was 25
Bernal (and roglic) both strike me as guys who have some level of talent but arent exceptional responders to doping, if roglic doesnt abandon every other race he is in, he has a proclivity to lose the form in 3rd week while we have seen Pog and Vingegaard being strong constantly and both are able to conjure all time performances when needed - i can hardly remember bernal or roglic doing something out of this world