they were both 19 years old, that is an extremely impressive performance against seasoned pros. i never said it proved anything but it's a far better result than anything Froome did at 19.
I mean, thats obviously true purely because Froome raced his first Pro-race aged 21. But its also quite some cherrypicking, tbh. Especially the comparison with Bernal who for whatever reason indeed did not well in the 2016 Sibiu Tour (won 2017 already, however) but otherwise had a great year (his first in Europe) - Yout classification winner in Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (2.1), Youth classification winner in Giro del Trentino (2.HC), won the GC of another Romanian stage race (Tour of Bihor - Bellotto (2.2)), 4th in GC and Youth classification winner in Tour de Slovénie (2.1), 4th in his first try at Tour de l'Avenir (2.Ncup). I don't know how the 2016 comparison bodes well for Vingegaard, just because he finished 1 stage in front of Bernal. 10th in the Youth classification and 59th in the GC - thats what stands in this race for him in the end.
Obviously, his last U23 year (2019) was good. But not something that screams world-beater either (like Bernal, Pogacar and of course Evenepoel very much had). There might be good reasons or not. But to build the Froome doping story on his lack of U23 results is on the one hand somehow understandable but I think on the other hand inconsequent if Vingegaard does not get the same scrutiny then. Because I also think the differences are not that large (like in not indicating future greatness at all). Froome, still U23 in 2008, came in 14th in a TdF ITT for example. Again, I agree that this isolated does not mean much since otherwise we have many future TdF winners. But the same thing very much holds for Vingegaard (who by the way finished Avenir as 69th in his only try - not quite the GT GC supertalent, right?). As I said, the first time he really showed WT-level was 2019 - stage win in Poland, 2nd on Denmark GC (but then again - where is Niklas Larsen - same age?).
If we see youth results as indication of "clean" talent (and I am not quite sure if I agree with that, although I have to admit that I indeed like it more than sudden transformations), Vingegaard's comparison with Pogacar or Bernal ends bad. Very very bad. If he was better than Froome - maybe. But marginally. Heck, I can think of a handful Austrian (to bring a bit of my own local flair) that had way more promisisng junior results and did not end up in the top 10 of the TdF, leave alone dominating it.
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