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Bradley Wiggins lashes critics with profanity-laden outburst

Angry ... Bradley Wiggins has lashed out at critics.

Angry ... Bradley Wiggins has lashed out at critics. Photo: AP

Tour de France leader Brad Wiggins has hit back at anonymous internet critics with a profanity-laden attack.

At the end of his post-stage eight media conference, the yellow jersey wearer was asked what he thought of people who use forums such as Twitter to accuse him of doping.

Bradley Wiggins (C) of Great Britain defends the race leader's yellow jersey as he follows the wheel of teammate Michael Rogers (R) of Australia. Click for more photos

Wiggins fights off his rivals on stage eight

Race leader Bradley Wiggins successfully holds off the challenges from Cadel Evans, Jurgen Van den Broek and Vincenzo Nibali on stage eight. Photo: Getty Images

Wiggins's Sky team is the dominant squad at the Tour this year and some are now comparing them to the powerful teams that supported Lance Armstrong through his record seven titles.

Armstrong and several support staff on those Tour victories are now subjects of US Anti-Doping Agency charges.

"I say they're just f ---ing wankers, I cannot be doing [sic] with people like that," said Wiggins, who holds a 10-second lead over defending champion Cadel Evans.

"It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can't ever 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 arses in their own lives and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something.

"And that's ultimately it - c----."

Evans was soon on Twitter noting Wiggins's comments.

"Bradley Wiggins has a few choice words for those who doubt racing can be clean," Evans said as he also posted a link to the comments.

Retired Australian star Robbie McEwen and fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish also backed Wiggins.

American Christian Vande Velde, who is not commenting on speculation he has testified against Armstrong, was another to offer support.

Wiggins's compatriot David Millar, who has resurrected his career after being busted for doping, saw the funny side of the comments.

"Wiggo's now better at me in everything to do with cycling, profanity-filled interviews were all I had left. Now he’s taken that crown. Darn," Millar tweeted.

While cycling continues to pay for a shocking past attitude towards doping, riders are increasingly frustrated that their sport receives little credit for trying to clean itself up.

They note they are probably the most-tested and scrutinised athletes in professional sport.

Sky rode brilliantly in stage seven to put Wiggins into the overall lead, with Australian teammates Richie Porte and Michael Rogers driving the pace on the final climb.

Teammate Chris Froome also won the stage and took the lead in the king of the mountains category.

Wiggins finished fourth in stage eight to retain his lead ahead of the crucial stage nine time trial.


68 comments so far

  • Fair enough.

    Stir the pot
    Date and time
    July 09, 2012, 8:20AM
    • What a role model, this boorish foul-mouthed man is not! He cannot deny that his 'sport' ranks very high in the list of sports where drug use has been rife.
      Meanwhile, at the Sachsenring, the other two wheelers complete yet another weekend without the cloud of doping over their sport......

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 8:21AM
      • Big difference GP, between a 1 hour race on a petrol powered machine, and a 5 hours a day three week event on a human powered machine. Your boys have to stop for a rest for a week to recover after a 1 hour race. These cyclists have to get back on the bike the next day. And some of them do it with broken bones, just to finish the stage. As soon as your boys scratch their leathers, they go back to their pits in tears.

        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 9:00AM
      • there is the small matter of their bikes being powered by engines...

        good on Wiggo. he's clean, Sky was set up as a clean team. he's only winning now as the testing has caught up enough with the cheaters that they can only micro-dose.

        cycling is a hard sport, half the Tour peloton are either missing chunks of skin now or in hospital. they are allowed to speak their minds, there's no suits looking over their shoulders telling them what to say.

        eddy the cannibal merckx
        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 9:03AM
      • He isn't boorish or foul mouthed normally but when you spend two year building towards a huge goal and people who don't know you start calling you a drug cheat that would piss anyone off.

        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 9:13AM
      • Who are you trying to kid that there are no drugs in motor racing? If there is money and fame at stake, there are drugs. Cyclists are the most drug tested of all sports, thus in my opinion, the cleanest

        Mike D
        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 9:18AM
      • Ha ha ha. He's a cyclist, not a role model. And your claim to fame is?

        round the bend
        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 9:25AM
      • He's paid to ride bicycles, not to be an ambassador for the human race. It's pretty pathetic that people actually expect sports stars to be role models on the social level. If anything we should be encouraging more honesty from atheletes, and we certainly got it there from Wiggins.
        Also, your MotoGP comparison is one of the worst of all time. I happen to love MotoGP as well as TDF, but the fact they're both on two wheels is just about all they have in common. Totally different sports, with totally different demands on the competitors, so don't try making such a silly comparison.

        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 10:08AM
      • Seriously in this day and age who is really offended if someone dishes out the f-bomb to some trolls on twitter?

        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 11:10AM
      • @Farmer - While I agree with you on the pedal power vs engine power debate, you should realise that Moto GP riders REGULARLY ride with broken and fractured bones.
        They are some of the hardest men in sport in that regard.

        busted up
        parc ferme
        Date and time
        July 09, 2012, 11:38AM

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