But they are clearly better! Much, much better. How many doping cases does Sweden & Norway have across sports compared to Spain & Italy? And how many of those are recent?
Again, we're talking about cycling here. If you want to talk about XC Skiing or Snooker or woman lifting, open another thread.
I can only think of two. Axelsson who lived in Italy and competed for an italian team and a russian track athlete who changed her nationality to swedish after marrying a swede, while a list of spaniards and italian dopers in the 00's would be quite long. And more importantly, there is not a single case of organised doping a la Operacion puerto, Blood for oil, that recent spanish doping ring, the Liquigas thing, Manolo Saiz and Kelme etc, etc. There are no known swedish or norwegian doping docs like Fuentes, Ferrari, Cecchini, Conconi, Losa and so on. Furthermore, there are no whistleblowers telling tales of organized doping in swedish sports, unlike in your country where multiple cyclists and track athletes have done so.
Again, cycling is a minor sport in those countries, how can there be an organised doping network if there aren't even teams?
Well, even Denmark since their doping cases seems to be limited to cyclists in foreign teams.
There AREN'T any Danish teams! Saxo Bank is the first big one ever, and allow me to raise my eyebrows at their cleanness seeing who they have as a manager.
I have not seen any evidence of systematic doping practices in Denmark, but there's plenty of evidence of this stuff going on in Italy and Spain, that is a fact. What is also a fact and an absolute disgrace to your country is that Eufemiano Fuentes, a man who was caught in possesion of thousands of doses of HGH, AAS & EPO wasn't even punished. Apparently, that wasn't a crime in Spain.
Doping wasn't a crime in Spain at the time the OP came out. Serrano was just inforcing the law, he is not to blame. The authorities were to blame for not foreseeing this and not changing the law before (they did later).
But no, you don't have a doping problem out of the ordinary...
No, we don't. Look at all the countries in cycling, you'll see the amount of cases and doping exposure increases exponentially as the number of riders and the volume of the sport increases.
Cycling races and, most importantly, training camps take place mostly in Southern Europe, doping networks will obviously be located there. A doping network in Norway would be hardly viable.
Well, if a swede who lives and trains in Italy and competes for an italian team dopes, perhaps it says more about Italy than Sweden?
It says a lot, first and foremost, about the rider that dopes. No one forced him to do it. And again, there aren't any Swedish cycling teams, it's impossible for him to have doped on a home team. The fact is, he doped, and he's Swedish, but no, it's not his fault, it's just he was corrupted. For fuck's sake...