This is a photo of Tom Boonen's 2011 EMX-7. Look what kind of tires he's using. They are Vittoria Rubino Pros. Though good tires, and something that Mongo would be happy to roll with, they are the third tier of Vittoria's lineup behind the Corsa and the Diamante. There's a lesson to be learned here. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I'll bet it's extremely poignant.