Tour de France race leader denounces work shy fops.
Bradley Wiggins erupted in a foul mouthed tirade at reporters gathered for a news conference yesterday when one of the motley crew suggested that his "sudden" improved performance could be put down to substance abuse.
"I say they're just fucking wankers. I cannot be doing with people like that. 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. Cunts."
It's not what Wiggins said here that is so surprising. Any person in any walk of life who has spent an inordinate amount of time working on a personal project would react in the same way if questioned about their motives in this manner.
It is what Lance Armstrong has not said.
Cycling has made stringent efforts to clean up its act over the past fifteen years or so and it is without doubt one of the most drug tested sports going. Lance Armstrong himself once claimed that he was the most drug tested athlete on the planet.
The difference between Armstrong and Wiggins though lays in their responses to unfounded drugs abuse claims.
Wiggins reacted with absolute fury and suggested that it was very easy for the press to start a whispering campaign whilst sitting on their backsides playing with a keyboard for a living.
Armstrong reacts with the well-worn "never tested positive" line that he has consistently used whenever the use of drugs has surfaced. The fury that Wiggins has shown when his professional conduct has been called into question contrasts sharply with the resigned approach of Armstrong.
Maybe this is just because the question has been asked so many times that Armstrong is simply weary of it. Indeed I hope that is the case for Armstrong is a hero of mine for the way he faced down cancer and beat it.
I simply can't believe that Armstrong would have written two books vehemently denying drug use allegations and stating quite categorically that after his horrendous battle with cancer why would he then want to poison himself with more drugs? It simply defies belief.
In his book "every second counts" beginning on page 75 Armstrong recounts how drug testers would arrive between 7am and 9am every morning and draw blood from the arms of the contestants and then after that there would be surprise drug tests and you never knew when someone would bang on the door and ask for a blood sample.
On top of that there were daily urine tests after each stage and during the off season you were required to state your whereabouts' every day so that you could be found and tested by the anti-doping agency.
If Armstrong was taking drugs then I find it incredible to believe that he was never caught.
In his book Armstrong says that he managed to gain a performance advantage by training at altitude which is exactly how Wiggins has prepared for this Tour.
I hate the fact that drug abuse allegations still hang over Armstrong like a dark cloud and I wish there was some way to clear the matter up for once and for all.
I'm backing Fabian Cancellara at 17/20 to take his second stage win of the tour in today's time trial.