And that's why proven dopers like Linford Christie and David Millar are of course ostraci... wait, no they aren't. And that's why Dr. Bonar was taken down swiftly because the UK took a strong legal stance against dop... no wait, no it didn't. In fact, it turned out that the same flaw in the Spanish system that had allowed Operación Puerto to stall to the extent it did existed in the British one too. Rather inconvenient for the British fans who'd been acting all smug for a decade about the culture of doping in southern Europe in general. Especially when the Italians entered neo-pros and lesser known riders at the Olympics due to making any riders with doping history ineligible, and Britain entered David Millar whilst simultaneously claiming to be the faces of new, clean cycling.samhocking said:As far as I understand. Valverde was banned, Contador was banned. The point is Froome & Wiggins were not banned yet still thrown under a bus by British media, but not Spanish media. Valverde & Contador the opposite and celebrated at the end of their careers regardless of doping. That is a cultural difference.
It's like when my cycling buddy goes off to his training camps in Spain. The spanish simply don't see doping as wrong much of the time. The ex pros and locals he trains with, simply see doping as acceptable and part of what cycling is and being a good rider is about, whereas I would argue France & Britain see it more like what cycling shouldn't be, especially the media and fans.
Spare us the sanctimonious BS. Britain doesn't have a superior culture when it comes to doping than anybody else. It just likes to think it does, and it likes even more to tell everybody it does. We have a whole thread for this discussion ("Brits don't dope") so let's leave it there.