Dave Brailsford, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are all looking towards a bright, drug-free future as cycling attempts to recover from the damage done by Lance Armstrong.
The 41-year-old American last week ended years of speculation by revealed he used performance-enhancing drugs during his record run of seven Tour de France wins.
All Armstrong’s results from August 1, 1998 onwards have been stripped as a result.
Team Sky have a zero-tolerance policy on doping and its leading riders were quick to damn Armstrong at their Majorca training camp yesterday.
Froome, runner-up in last year’s Tour de France, is angry about the reputation cyclists have got due to Armstrong’s cheating, saying: “He’s done a lot of harm to the sport.”
The man that beat him to the crown last year was even more forthright in his opinions.
Wiggins, the first Brit to win the Tour, believes Armstrong deserves everything he gets and dismissed the disgraced cyclist’s claims of a clean return to the sport in 2009.
The American claims he did not dope in the event which marked his return to competitive cycling, despite evidence to the contrary in the United States Anti-Doping Agency report which resulted in his downfall.
Like USADA, Wiggins, whose deceased father Gary used drugs when competing, does not believe Armstrong is telling the whole truth.
“In that hour and a half of watching the whole thing, the up and down of the emotions and by the end it was ’you deserve everything you get now’ and feeling no sympathy whatsoever behind all the welling up and the tears,” he said.
“What upset me the most was about 2009/10 – I thought you lying b******.
“I can still remember going toe to toe with him and watching the man I saw on the top of Verbiers in 2009 to the man I saw on the top of Ventoux a week later when we were in doping control together. It wasn’t the same bike rider.
“You only have to watch the videos of how the guy was riding. I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth anymore.”
Cycling now needs to move on from its dark past, according to Team Sky principal Brailsford.
“This is the last chance saloon for the credibility of cycling,” he told Press Association Sport.
“There is enough information now coming out to really allow the authorities to take that information and make absolute concrete, clear preventive interventions.
“That will mean the sport is never allowed to go back to the place it was in the past.
“Cycling is on the up and there is a new generation of cyclists. The practices that you heard about in the previous years and in a previous era don’t exist anymore, but it is important to really push the trust side of it.
“That means fans and people that look at cycling can genuinely trust the results and the performances.
“That is up to us as a team and everybody else involved to keep on being open and transparent as much as we can to build that up for the future.”