I was working on my database of riders for my site and felt that I was deleting a lot more riders than I was adding as a result of the transfer season.
We all know that sponsorship is shrinking and, thus, team budgets are as well. Naturally rosters are shrinking in turn. This goes well beyond the Mapei pull-out.
Some Sponsors, Mapei most noteably, have said that being involved in cycling is too big a risk because of the doping issues.
We would love for the riders to see this trend and clean up their act but it seems more likely to me that the reduction of roster sizes will cause greater doping problems. I figure that as the spots on pro teams become fewer, the actions taken to procure them will become more extreme. In essence, if a roster spot is seen as an increasingly scarce resource, it will increase in perceived value and people will do more extreme things to get and keep it.