Cycling, no longer the dopiest kid on the block?

It strikes me that sport in general has entered a golden age of doping, with time and resource given to finding new techniques and drugs far outstripping the meagre budgets of anti-doping authorities, not to mention the astronomical gains on offer for sportspeople who wish to get one up on the competition. To be frank, it's hard to see why someone wouldn't dope.

With the 2015 World Cup in full flow, the use of drugs in rugby union is facing unprecedented scrutiny. A level of attention that is well deserved, given the sport leads the way for doping bans in the UK (16 of the 48 individuals currently serving bans from UK Anti-Doping are rugby players).

Athletics has also, deservingly, been put through the ringer in the last month or two, with an unsatisfactory resolution to the Paula Radcliffe/EPO saga and GB Athletics golden boy, Mo Farah, admitting to taking drugs 'before it was against the rules'. 

Paul Kimmage, one of luminaries of the anti-doping 'movement' and a former cyclists to boot, has been making lots of noise about soccer too – with the use of steroids among professionals considered to be rife.

Even the vociferous @diggerforum, a Twitter presence that anyone who follows cycling will have encountered at some stage, has shifted focus to rugby, athletics and soccer in the past few weeks.

With the disqualification of Luca Paolini for using cocaine the highest-profile incident in cycling this year, somehow, gratifyingly, it seems we have slipped from the top rank of 'dirty sports' in the eyes of the press and public. We are no longer the bad boys of the doping debate. For now, at least.