the market decided.
this was a crucial aspect in Armstrongs dominance. 2003 Tour, without the team timetrial, Raimondas Rumsas beats Beloki for second. Rumsas was no mug. He had won Lombardia.
But he came second in the Tour, without Ferrari, without the USPS story, and without Stapleton and the US cancer revenues.
Change those elements, and have Armstrong with Kik's motokik doping program, and Rumsas has the USPS advantages, Rumsas wins.
The market has decided.
Also, many talent riders from Eastern and Central Europe, South America, South Africa, New Zealand do not get a look in. British and Australian and American riders always get more chances. If Bradley Wiggins was from Latvia he would never have got a chance after Cofidis. Or after Linda McCartney.
I am the Cobra
August Rodin plagiarised le Poseur on The COBRA!. The cobra is not happy in the third person.