Teams & Riders The Jonas Vingegaard is not Chris Harper thread

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He really caught my eye when Pogacar appeared to have trouble following him on the Ventoux.
Well he could hardly have caught your eye any later than that ;)

But who is Chris Harper?
We know he's not Jonas Vingegaard, but he might be (a) Diego Rosa.

I don’t think that is right. There can still be significant variation amongst the elite and you still get outliers. I’d like to know more about Jonas’s physiology. VO2 max, FTP etc.
Having a high VO2 max obviously doesn't guarantee that a rider becomes a star because there are other factors at play, but I reckon that not having the right numbers more often than not will guarantee that the rider never becomes one.
 
Unless you followed him closely or maybe are Dutch few expected what we saw in 2020. General consensus was he was the revelation on that Tour. So my view would reflect the majority of fans.
I'm not denying he was the (GC) revelation of the Tour, but even if you hadn't heard of him before 2021, many people on here certainly noticed him getting some pretty good results prior to the Tour, starting with the stage win in the UAE Tour, which not only lead to this thread getting created, but also to the title it eventually got (because Carlton Kirby was sure it was Harper who sprinted past Lutsenko in the final metres).
Obviously the 2nd place is the biggest result of his career so far, and I wasn't sure he was ever going to achieve something like that and not so soon either, but it definitely didn't come as much out of the blue as Froome's 2011 Vuelta, for instance.
 
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So we agree then. My comment was a fair one. I spend long enough here to know.
It was written tongue in cheek, cause I wasn't doubting your cycling knowdledge at all, but It just came across as a bit of a weird comment, at least to someone who has followed him closely for almost a year now and who as a Dane was also aware of his existence before his first minor breakthrough in 2019 (which I definitely don't expect many non-Danes would have been).
 
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It was written tongue in cheek, cause I wasn't doubting your cycling knowdledge at all, but It just came across as a bit of a weird comment, at least to someone who has followed him closely for almost a year now and who as a Dane was also aware of his existence before his first minor breakthrough in 2019 (which I definitely don't expect many non-Danes would have been).
Got it :). My belated apologies for assuming him to be Dutch rather than a Dane ;). He is an interesting rider though I look forward to following him!
 

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