Much more talented? Are you serious? There are maybe 3 riders who have accomplished as much
uhmm, i disagree, there's a lot more riders, much more consistent over the years. and arguably more successfull too. yes, he's won the Tour, after few years of 'transition process' but in my eyes (and i'm not alone in my opinion) he's achieved that exclusively thanks to Froome and the US Postal... i mean SKY train.
and I doubt most of those guys have his actual raw power.
i bet some of them do have raw power, how else would they win races?
You don't need to have a massive sprint to win Roubaix,
if you escape like Tepstra you don't need to sprint at all! c'mon
but if Sky could get 2 or 3 guys in the front group fresh and working smartly to control the group there is no reason why he couldn't do what Terpstra did.
ah yes, if he has those 2 or 3 guys. or maybe 4. correct me if i'm wrong but the majority of great wins in classic races are not due to relentless team effort - it's the sheer power and determination of one single rider - that's how Boonen won in 2012 (50km escape), or Museuuw in 2002 (~30-40km escape). does Cancellara need his team to deliver him to the finish line? nope. does Sagan*? NOPE. although (arguably) any good rider would benefit from having a strong team at his disposal. so did Terpstra - though given nobody bothered to chase him, even without his teammates he would've escaped.
A win depends on a lot, but a podium is realistic if things go right.
of course it is. but i'd be far from praising Wiggins for his single top ten finish. could've been a pure coincidence as well. i must admitt i don't understand the phenomenon of Wiggins', neither his Tour win (which didn't seem... erm, never mind) nore the expectations and hopes people have about his future
results. as i said, there are more promising riders to expect great results from, like Sagan, Kwiatkowski, Kristoff, Degenkolb, etc. if Wiggo actually makes it to the top, that's cool, but (based on his career on the road
) i feel it's nothing short of speculation.
*EDIT: ok, sometimes he does