Dave - basically I don't agree with any of your points and in my opinion the tour is now the cleanest its been probably since the very early 90's, possibly longer. Rogers was once a tour favourite: Porte is an up and comer and is predicted as a future tour winner - neither will be up there at the end (though Porte has the best chance). Evans is as clean as they come and really should now be going for his 5th tour win or so. I remember the year he finished 12th or something - very rider above him was linked with doping subsequently and at the time Evans was privately saying he couldn't keep up because of the doping.
If you look at the times they have dropped in recent years. The days of systematic doping in the tour are now over - when they nail Armstrong to the wall they can bury that past for good.
That's cool.Then why employ a doctor who ran the doping programme at Rabobank?
Surely there are load's of doctor's without any taint of doping on them.
The only time Rogers has been any good was at T-Mobile,and as soon as Stapleton took over he went backward's.And who said Rodgers was a gc rider? Never.
Porte couldn't do a job for Contador,now he's predicted as a future gc contender.OK.
Evans started his career under the wing of Ferrari,introduced to him by his agent Tony Rominger.That's not the association of a clean rider.
Evans is riding for a team that is known to have had a team wide doping programme,but he's clean and beating known doper's.Also known as the Armstrong arguement.
I'll agree the doping is nowhere near as bad,but to say we can leave it in the past is naive at best.Was cycling not clean after Festina?No Was it clean after Puerto?No.
If there's money to be made in any sport doping is there.
I wont be posting in here again as this is supposed to be about cycling not doping.Unfortunately the two go together.