"The riders tell me that cycling has never been as clean as now, but according to them there are still about 20 riders in the bunch that are especially 'prepared.'" -- Peter Janssen, former pro team doctor and author of a book called "Bloedvorm" [Blood Form], in which he discusses the dangers of various performance-enhancing substances and methods.
Can this be true? I have a hard time believeing that this statement isn't just a marketing device to sell books, but I'm intrigued by the claim. If so, I would think that riding "clean" would have long reached the tipping point and the supposed 20 (or about 10% of a Grand Tour peloton) could easily be vanquished from the group. That would represent about 1 rider per team. I'm calling a big BS on this statement. Thoughts?
NOTE: PLEASE, out of respect of a focused conversation can we avoid making a "speculative" list of who the supposed 20 riders are, as I think that will be extremely pointless and lead to a nasty conversation. Thanks.
Do you think it's likely that only 20 or so riders (~10%) are especially 'prepared' within the current peloton?
No way, it's more likely that only 20 are clean (5 votes)
Nope, the majority are 'prepared' to win ( >60%) (20 votes)
Maybe 10% are rule breakers, but 80%+ are 'prepared' within legal limits (17 votes)
It may not be that low, but I think it's the minority ( <40%) (30 votes)
Sure, sounds about right to me. I think we're very close to a clean peloton (7 votes)
Who cares?!!! Arggh, I'm so sick of talking about doping....unless it's the happenings of the Magic Bus tour (16 votes)
95 total votes