P.S. Okay, so the hypoxic tent idea might be out. I just briefly would like to express my opinion that I think a ban on those tents would be ridiculous. Next thing you know, they’ll be requiring everyone to ride the same bike.
My take on Pantani? Regardless of whether I think he doped, he was still an amazing cyclist. He did win the citizen’s Giro back in the day, which I’m assuming occurred before he started doping, so he must’ve been more physically gifted than your average Italian. It does make you wonder if, had the technology had been as up-to-date back then as it is now, and if he hadn’t started racing in Italy (home of Ferrara University), if he might’ve used altitude tents instead of EPO–which still might’ve earned him a 50+ haematocrit. But heck, he could’ve moved out to the alps or something and instead received a certificate saying he’d earned that haematocrit naturally. Maybe he wouldn’t have become the legend that he is, but you never know, maybe he would’ve.