THE turning point in cycling would have been when the Italian 'dottores' would have been thrown in jail when they prepared Moser for his hour record.
OR should we go back to Lasse Viren in the seventies?
Or Zoetemelk for that matter.
All changed when they knew how to manipulate with blood imho. You do not turn a rider like Armstrong in a GT winner on Pot Belge. In other words, the Italians destroyed cycling. But, to be fair, if it wasn't for the Italians some other nation would get the credit, weren't the USA track team blooddoped in 1984?
One could argue that Sky is a good example of a country forgetting its history (the same also for Eurocar). There was a moment of critical juncture - but in the end its impact was only local rather than global, and in the end the global pressures eroded the commitment to clean racing that may have been made after Simpson and after Festina.