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Originally Posted by Leinster
Oh come off it the pair of you. There's none of us not cynical about what has happened and/or is happening in cycling, but even with the sport's history you can't just pin every good performance on drugs. Nibali was most people's 3rd favourite before this race began, and 1 and 2 crashed out. He's a good GC Rider who found himself up against a weak field. Nobody's ruling out the possibility that he might be on something, but it's tiresome to have people assume that's the only reason he's been so dominant.
I think looking at the climbing times, compared with the height of the 90's EPO era, it's safe to say that the current testing systems are making a difference, in that while there's no doubt that there are still dopers in the peloton, at least they're toning it down a bit.
Nibali's hollow victory is the only reason why he won't be immediately lumped with the past obvious dopers who could beat the tests : Armstrong, Virenque, Riss, Ullrich, Vinokourov, Leblanc, Zabel, etc.