Having read a number of 'poor cycling get such unfair treatment in the nasty media' comments across a number of threads during and after the Tour I thought I'd do a bit of home work. I decided to take the Tours from 1996 - 2006 inclusive and count top three GC places, plus the two major jersey winners. That gave a total of 23 individuals. Of those 23, 11 have subsequently been caught cheating, confessed to it after the event or been sacked in disgrace during the Tour. That's almost 48%. There have been 5 Tour winners in that period. 4 of them (and I am including Landis, for the moment) have been subsequently disgraced. That's 80% of the men who've won the Maillot Jaune exposed as drug cheats. If Armstrong is ever exposed then it'll be 5 out of five, 100%. The 1997 Tour was very instructive. 100% of the riders who I counted for this exercise were dirty. 100% ... Take into account that testing regimes have been slow to be implemented, that tests for some established illegal practices (eg, homologous blood transfusion) have only been available since 2004 and it's not unreasonable to assume that the figure of 48% could actually be a conservative one. Always remember that the flak has been directed at road cycling. I've not seen any directed at track. Also bear in mind that a great deal of the flak has come from within, from the French teams (remember Le Tour a Deux Vitesse...), from clean riders like Wiggins, from guys like Millar, from the chaps who run the sport. In light of this, can anyone seriously complain that road cycling gets a raw deal?