Originally Posted by rickjameschinaclub
There were people who placed 15th or 16th and were clean, meaning they competed against a whole bunch of dopers and still performed admirably on the strength of their own merit...
Although they only crown one champion for each race, cycling is a team sport. it takes a full team effort to win a race at that level.
Were there really guys who placed 15th or 16th that were clean? And if so, were all the members on their teams clean? If they are competing with teammates who were doping, then they didn't do it all on the strength of their own merit.