We’re now mid-way through the Tour de France and it surely goes without saying that up to this point, everything has gone entirely to plan for Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team. I’ll admit I was one who did not think Wiggins was deserving of his ‘favourite’ tag before the race began (perhaps not until next year) but I seem to have been completely wrong.
Wiggins took the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara after dropping the Swiss multiple stage winner on an early climb and hammered home his advantage by crushing all opposition on the first time-trial on Monday. Before Wednesdays stage he maintained a 1:53s gap over his main rival for the win, Cadel Evans. If Wiggins can retain any sort of lead over his rivals while negotiating the mountains, there will be one last time-trial on the penultimate stage to once again increase his lead.
Wiggins is usually a pretty cool customer in front of interviewers but every now and then he lets the questioner know what he really thinks. The following transcript is an exchange which took place not long after a stage finish when an interviewer asked him what he though of those who accused the team of doping:
“I say they’re just f*****g w*****s, I cannot be doing with people like that. It justifies they’re own bone idleness because they can’t imagine applying themselves to do anything in their lives.
“It’s easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that sort of shit rather than get off their own arses in their lives and apply themselves and work at something and achieve something. And that’s ultimately what counts. C**ts.”
That’s a fantastic bit of plain speaking rhetoric which is pretty much what you should expect if you attempt to ambush a rider minutes after a stage finish with a ludicrous question about drug abuse.
Also entertaining is a video taken in the press area in which Bradley Wiggins expresses his unhappiness after nearly being decapitated by a fast-moving cameraman. Check it out: