and I dont see flared drops here:
John T is not really going to help the road bar argument as he was using custom drawn Cinelli bars to replicate his road position - something which he later complained about and discounted as a viable option. He was also a pro racer who was able to replace his parts as often as we change our socks so fatigue wasn't an issue.
Similarly I don't think that CX is as hard on parts as MTB as there is a greater reliance on carrying the bike rather than riding over the hard parts and courses are far smoother, hence the narrow wheels, lightweight frames and single front chainrings.
Because of this they can get away with shorter bars as control is less essential than MTB. CXers also often use bar top brake levers due to the fact that braking on hoods is not efficient and riding on the drops is so hard when you're stretched out going downhill.
Not saying that you shouldn't use them if you want to, just that I wouldn't as I like wide, strong bars and I would recommend that to anyone who asks!