He's right, in Italy the tifosi don't really care about doping lest they'd stop watching.
As far as Italian cycling being different...than which? Spanish?!?! Belgian?!? American !?!?
Please it is so iritating to have to listen to the hypocrites. The reality is that sport, all sport, is pharmacalogially dependent. And this has to do with an agonistic culture that has made of sport national and corporate propaganda, as at the Olymipic Games, for which political and nationlalistic agendas, corporate profit /interests and athletic attainment have been seemlessly fused.
In such an environment, the anti-doping rhetoric coming from the political authorities and corporate leadership is merely a pathetic and hypocritical means to address a percieved moralistic public to save face: which in reality either is naive to the dirty reality or else, as Riccò suggests, doesn't actually care one iota.
Wheresas those political and corporate entities have actually driven sport to the lowly ethical state we find it today, for sheer profit and special interests.