Whilst I have applauded the forthright comments Brad Wiggins has made before, the fact that he is front and centre of the cycling world at the moment would suggest maybe he tone down some of his rants. Apparently not. After the pretty poor display with the cameraman a couple of days ago, he has had another expletive ridden rant in a press conference yesterday. This from bicycling.com
Wiggins was asked what his response was to people—particularly on social media such as Twitter—who questioned whether the performances they saw in the Tour were free of doping.
“I say they’re just fucking wankers,” Wiggins said. “I cannot be doing with people like that. It justifies their 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,” Wiggins added, “rather than get off their own arses in their own lives and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something. And that’s ultimately what counts. C**ts.”
And with that, he tossed the microphone on the table and got up and left.
I have no reason to doubt the report, given Wiggins previous carry on, but you’d like to think he didn’t say something that stupid at a press conference. Like it or not, as wearer of the yellow jersey, young kids will be looking up at him. Those same young kids will find it hard to separate what he does on the bike and his outrageous behaviour over the past few days. At 32, he is hardly a youngster just starting out. The other thing to think about is the “Wiggo Foundation“. If you are going to promote healthy living, there are better ways to do it than to call people names.
Lets hope he gets some sleep and calms down, for everyone’s sake.