Also, it is worth noting that transformations when exiting Confidis to any team are not necessarily indicative of anything other than the fact that Confidis sucks and tend to make anyone worseThat's true, but the difference between the two versions is smaller than people think.
Yeah he won 6 times with Cofidis and only once with Ineos. Even first stint with Sky/Ineos he had the same wins as three years with Liquigas/Cannondale. Viviani didn’t become tone of the best until Quickstep.Is he doing better now at Ineos?
Did he drop off enormously because he left Quick step or joined Cofidis?
Not winning would be one thing if he was constantly on the podium against world class opposition, but he isn't.Totally normal performance from a rider who had previously never won a race outside of a national championships
Yeah, that's how I feel. On its own one can find reasons for this performance (special circumstances especially with the possible jet lag), but it's a pretty eye-catching one after three years of constant stronger and stronger Jumbo performances from surely very talented, but formerly not stand out riders - I don't think their material and tt preparation is so much better than all others', I think their strength really only shows itself in the TTs, they are also extremely strong in the road races, but in those there are other factors coming into play, while in the time trials the team just shows pure dominance because that's how strong their riders are / can be.Foss latest ITT results:
-1st, 2022 UCI ITT world championships
-9th, 2022 Deutschland Tour Prologue
-1st, 2022 Norwegian ITT champs (only WT rider in the race)
-8th, 2022 Giro d'Italia stage 21 ITT
-6th, 2022 Giro d'Italia stage 2 ITT
-4th, 2022 Volta ao Algarve stage 4 ITT (1 min behind Remco, also behind Kung and Hayter)
-23rd, 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games ITT
-1st, 2021 Norwegian ITT champs
-12th, 2021 Giro d'Italia stage 21 ITT
-3rd, 2021 Giro d'Italia stage 1 ITT
-4th, 2021 Itzulia Basque country stage 1 ITT
-18th, 2021 Tirreno Adriatico stage 7 ITT.
He has a decent ITT pedigree, is relatively young, only 10s separated the podium and a number of favourites weren't there, had suboptimal schedules or had bad luck.
For me, it is not a massive WTF performance, but with the wider Jumbo context this year and quite a big leap from his previous level, it is understandable that people are concerneds