Well, Froome is the most hilarious industrial accident in the history of the sport. Even Sky thought he was *** until he demonstrated he was a super responder.yes Bernal was a much more obvious talent, no argument from me there. but he was also on a team that was getting into lots of good races so it was much easier for him to "show off" his talent as well. Vingegaard was stashed away on a small Danish team at the same time, he barely did any races of note at all. it's only cherrypicking because there is not much else to look at, there's no way to see what his numbers were or anything like that.
of course he is not clean IMO, his climbing times are absurd. but he has already podiumed two Tours de France at the same age that Froome was not even supposed to be selected for his breakout grand tour. it's not even close. should I post the famous chart where Brailsford himself had Froome charted as the literal worst rider on Team Sky?
But Vingegaard is evidently (in my mind) the first real example of a champion in this era whose existence as a TdF winner owes to the now widespread clinical abuse in the peloton in 2022, i.e. a rider whose success is the result of being in the right team at the right time & responding so well to Jumbo's program. I also think they've probably pioneered stuff unique to Vingegaard & Wout van Aert, aka the two champions for their next half decade of Jumbo. I could speculate forever with this but I candidly also believe Jumbo canned Roglic this season, i.e. decommissioned of sorts in terms of his preparation because he was no longer their focus.
In any case Jumbo is completely out of control & they're clinically unstoppable right now. Hence why I think Pogacar should do the Vuelta because just like Roglic in 2020, you need to grab glory & palmarès whenever you can. There's no saying how overpowered Jumbo might be next season at the TdF.
Even Ullrich went & won a Vuelta (when it wasn't even as big as it was now), i.e. just because Pogacar has more natural talent than Vingegaard (something I believe to be true), it doesn't mean he can up the level of his own program & beat Vingegaard next year. It doesn't work like that.