Honestly, I haven't really seen that - yes, the dude can climb...FAST (on a good day)...but as a Pro Tour cyclist, wouldn't say he's overflowing with true talent.
At his age (yes, I used the term "Kid" loosely) talent should include a natural leadership and the ability to see it thru to the end. Don't get me wrong, the guy is a decent cyclist, just not the level he was hyped up to be during his signing to the Disco team...but that's old news already known.
How pissed do you think the other Disco riders are with Danielson? I mean, this guy in interviews comes off all pissed off that Disco hired Basso and Levi, as if Tom is the heir apparant. And then, Danielson has absolutely puked in his own mouth repeatedly this season.
I feel bad, because Danielson has done a lot for riding in Colorado (his Junior's Series is going to help develop talent in the United States). I think these "ailments" are nothing more than Tom's excuses for dropping out when he realizes he just does not have the engine to keep up in the European Pro Peleton.
I mean, Tom has ridden the ToC and TdG, which, are both American races with a majority of the peleton being domestic US riders. Ironic he seems to be able to remain in those races.
It'd be really good for him to go back to the US peleton and actually win some races. Because that's really what he wants to do, and he's not going to do it in Europe.
Agreed...tho he's in a tight situation in that scenario.
A team like Slipstream would be good for him...but Tom D would not be good for a team like Slipstream (ie, a team just a year or so out from really breaking into the Pro Tour, if all goes well)
He needs to ride for Jelly Belly or some domestic squad, he's not Pro Tour caliber.
There are an awful lot of Pro Tour cyclists that have not won a stage or placed top 10 GC in a grand tour. He is definitely Pro Tour caliber, just not GT winner caliber. His role should be as a climbing domestique and going for stage wins.