Bradley Wiggins has a few choice words for those who doubt racing can be clean

  • By Matthew Beaudin
  • Published Jul. 8, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM EDT
Bradley Wiggins kept cool in the saddle, but grew less so at a press conference. Photo: Graham Watson |

PORRENTRUY, Switzerland (VN) — Don’t ask Bradley Wiggins about cynicism in cycling, ever.

The Briton, known for his explosive talent — and equally explosive command of profanities — let reporters here have it when asked what he thought of those who believed that to win the Tour de France riders must be doped “to the gills.”

“Honestly they’re just fucking wankers. I can’t be doing with people like that,” Wiggins said. “It justifies their own bone idleness… because they can’t ever imagine applying themselves to anything in their lives.

“And it’s easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that kind of shit rather than get off their arses and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something.”

He paused, tossed the microphone on the table and left.

Wiggins is in the yellow jersey headed into Monday’s 45km time trial from Arc-st-Senans to Besançon.


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Matthew Beaudin

Matthew Beaudin

Matthew Beaudin was a VeloNews reporter from 2012 through 2014. He currently works at Rapha and contributes periodically. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder's journalism school in 2005, he immediately moved to Telluride, Colorado, to write and ski, though the order is fuzzy. Beaudin was the editor of the Telluride Daily Planet for five years. He now lives in Portland, Oregon. Music. Coffee. Bikes. That about sums it up.

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