I think it's fair to say that in sport, generally speaking, the talents get spotted early and then it's a matter of getting on the program. For nobody in their right mind could believe the performances we see are done on "pane e acqua" alone.Taking the temperature on this thread.
Does anyone on the forum think it's the least bit likely that Evenepoel is clean, that he has never used blood doping? If he is indeed clean, how much better could he be if he started doping? Would he be able to climb faster than peak Pantani if he was on a good post-passport program?
If he is doped on the other hand, is there any reason to think that he uses less than he could, or is it most likely that he has maxed out on dope? For how long is it likely that he has doped?
Personally, I think it's more likely than not that he was doping before his first San Sebastian victory in 2019 and I expect him to use as much as he can get away with.
Yet the one with the most talent doesn't always prevail. However, when a rider displays great talent early on it's probably an indication that the talent is real.