I don't know what the deal with Italy is.I might be a compete mug but I feel compelled to say that Mas strikes me as being at least as credible as many of his peers and I've not felt sceptical about a Movistar rider (who has never been sanctioned for a doping violation) for what feels like years. This includes Soler who I was happy to see offering a similar level of performance on another team.
It was a promising start to Ayuso's career as a GC contender today with a strong but not insane showing. Once the last of the Spanish old brigade retire I'd almost say there are no grounds for suspecting a Spanish rider over a rider from any other nation, not even perhaps a French rider. Same for Movistar versus non-Spanish teams. The exception is any Spaniard like Bilbao that ends up on Bahrain, but that applies to all nationalities.
Italy seems to be having a similar trajectory to Spain but without apparently much youth talent emerging.
Also the best european country in weightlifting, another radioactive sport.I don't know what the deal with Italy is.
Dominant in swimming, very good in athletics, historically bad in cycling. Doping (or the lack of) is probably part of the equation but not the only one.