Theirs is the best-financed team in the peloton, no question, but they also put more time and effort into preparation and execution, and finding an advantage within ethical boundaries, than the other teams.
In the last seven years, save for Vincenzo Nibali’s win in 2014 after Chris Froome crashed, there has been no great challenger to their throne, no rivalry between riders to speak of.
The era of Greg LeMond versus Bernard Hinault is a long time in the past. Even Lance Armstrong had nemesis; Jan Ullrich his greatest threat as the years wore on.
Protagonists of the modern day peloton are happy to sit and wait for something to happen than go and make it happen for themselves.
It all points to further success in the forthcoming years for Sky, Froome, Thomas or whoever it may be.