True - he has not been a huge mountain top winner apart from that Ventoux stage in Paris-Nice and odds and sods like stage 2 of Ruta del Sol in 2008 where the players included some members of the OP's list:-Libertine Seguros said:Cadel animates each race? Only since late 2009.
Menchov has 3 GT wins.
Menchov is a smarter climber than Cuddles. Cuddles has a tendency to go too far into the red and blow up spectacularly.
I'll also ask - how many mountaintop wins does Cuddles have? I can only count one - Mont Serein in Paris-Nice '08.
Menchov has, not counting stuff he won by default in the 2005 Vuelta, Pla de Beret in the '06 Tour, Mont Ventoux in the '06 Dauphiné, Arcalis in the '07 Vuelta, Arcalis in the '07 Volta a Catalunya, Alpe di Siusi in the '09 Giro.
It's no good being a gifted climber if you don't know how to use it - just ask José Rujano.
"Torrox Costa - La Zubia
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 4.47.31
2 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0.04
3 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep 0.09
26 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4.05
27 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott 4.05
28 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4.14
33 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott 5.19
34 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
40 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott 7.19"
but he has been consistently a real threat (and been targetted).
Besides his "slow to learn" habits may have deserted him in the last couple of years and the wins have flowed. Possibly because he has lowered his sights but I suspect the mountain wins may well just follow (most recently Tirreno was no picnic).