if you take the chap at his word it looks like it's still woven in to the system - in some teams at least. And, I'm afraid to say, ILB, that there are plenty of people on £100,000 who spend a lot of time wanting more and go all out to get it.
I'll bet there are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of riders under 30 all over Europe who had one or two years in a Pro* team and are now scratching around making a living doing whatever. One year's EUR 100k doesn't go too far if you've nothing to fall back on.
A bespoke doping programme from a bent doctor may cost a lot but it may secure your income for years to come by providing results.
*I mean any level where riders are Professional - not just Pro Tour teams
at their level it hasn't suddenly stopped hurting has it, no matter how much they get paid? so they do things to make it easier, they cheat. always have, always will, and so it will continue, imo, until automatic life bans are introduced for dopers or, more realistically, society accepts doping in sport and lets people use the technology to their advantage openly. I prefer the former myself.