Why do you think all these foreign cycling stars like Armstrong, Landis, Hamilton, Basso, Scarponi, Ullrich, Jaksche, and so on, went to Spain to dope? Why is that? You think that somehow makes Spain look better, because "they do it too", but it only makes Spain's anti-doping efforts look even worse! It suggests Travis Tygart (see above) was right. It suggests Der Spiegel had it right.
A paradise for performance enhancement
Besides, until now there has been very little public pressure in Spain to prosecute those involved in performance enhancement. Even El País, an investigative newspaper that now leads the pack in reporting on "Operation Mountain Pass," was long averse to even addressing the topic.
This atmosphere allowed Spain to develop into a paradise for athletes interested in performance enhancement. The first reports about compliant doctors and well-equipped laboratories began making the rounds in the track and field world in the late 1990s.