No, not everyone "knows" about Cipollini doping. Most people (random folks who might just watch the Tour & nothing else) know Armstrong doped, know Pantani doped, know Ullrich doped, know their climbing times are "suspect". But sprinters from their era (Zabel etc.) or classics guys (Dekker etc.)? No.Why would sprinters be given a free pass? Everyone knows about Mario's doping offenses. I suppose it may be the lack of any recent sandals/positives?
The only non-GC rider who gained doping notoriety shortly afterwards was Cancellara with the widespread suspicions of motor doping & his suspect bike swaps in Paris-Roubaix.
Exactly. DQS are everywhere, winning trillions of stages, classics, criteriums etc. but on Grand Tours, they win punch stages & sprint stages whilst the GC guys earn the suspicions of the public.Van Mol - Ibarguren 2021: Make Cav great again!
Lefevre has really been able to get with tons of stuff because he's not running a gt team. Imagine any serious gc team having those 2 doctors, they would face some backlash. DQ get pretty much zero.
Sadly, the myth in public perception endures whereby it's the GC mountain climbing/TT winning Tour winners who do the doping. So Cav, Alaphilippe & co are safe, for now.