Bradley Wiggins ended the first 24 hours of his yellow jersey run by lashing out the naysayers. In press conference following the eighth leg to Porrentruy, just over the border from France in Switzerland, he was asked about the doping cynics.

He summed it up in one word, “C***s.”

The question, the final of around five, came via an Associated Press journalist from the press tent near the finish line. It was delivered via a video link to Wiggins, who sat in a cabin on the back of a truck in the technical zone.

Since his fourth place in the Tour de France in 2009 and throughout this last year, critics placed doubt on his performances. In light of several doping cases in cycling, Alberto Contador to Riccardo Riccò, the critics wondered if Wiggins doped as well.

Sky has dominated stage races this year. The team has helped Wiggins to wins in a never before seen triple: Paris-Nice, the Tour of Romandy and the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the Dauphiné, it had four men in a key nine-man move over a mountain pass.

As Sky conquered, cynics wrote remarks on Twitter, comparing the team to Lance Armstrong’s US Postal/Discovery Channel team. The American team dominated the Tour for seven years, but since has had several of its members linked with doping. The US Anti-Doping Agency in the last month charged Armstrong.

“There was some chatter in the Twitter-sphere about the comparison between Sky and US Postal,” said the AP journalist. “I’m wondering your reaction. And, what do you say to the cynics who say you have to be doped up to win the Tour de France?”

Wiggins, sitting behind a desk in the cabin, picked up the microphone and delivered his message nearly 100 metres away to the press tent.

“Honestly, they’re just f**king w**kers,” Wiggins said. “I cannot be dealing with people like that. [Laughs, from the press tent – ed.] 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 pseudo-name on Twitter and write that sort of s**t rather than get off their arses in their own life and apply themselves, and work hard at something and achieve something. And that’s ultimately it.”

The translator readied to deliver the message in French, but before she could, Wiggins picked up the microphone and sent the final message to the cynics: “C**ts!”

Abruptly Wiggins left the Cabin, ready for another 24 hours in yellow.

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  • ol

    I’d put money down that he’ll get busted too. You don’t improve like that (weight loss my ar se) and don’t win so much (over the course of the year did he lose a race he entered?!) on gatorade and powerbars.

    One other thing – already sick of hearing how many times he is tested. How many times was Armstrong tested? Every single caught (and contrite) doper has told how easy it is to beat hte system. All it means is the most organized team with the most cash can afford the best of everything.

    I’m a massive fan of British Cycling – but I don’t like what I’m seeing here.

  • Scott

    Bradley wiggins is a boring old fart. Would bet the farm he’s doping.

  • Meimei Wang

    I agree entirely with this comment and I still think we should push the investigation further into the possibility of Bradley Wiggins having taken dope during the Olympic Games.

  • James

    Must be roid rage!

  • May Sports Images

    Anyone who has ever met Brad (and I’m proud to say I have) or even read his autobiography would know that he would never dream of doping. He loves his sport with an undying passion and simply would not drag it through the mud in the way that some previous “Champions” have in the past. Fortunately there are still a few genuine sporting heroes who are beyond reproach. Bradley Wiggins is right up there with them. We need to get behind him to bring home the biggest prize in the sport. As for that a#sehole Cormac. Such an expert on education and Professional Cycling that he can’t even spell Brads name right!

  • Jackie

    While I thought the language was a bit potty mouthed, I absolutely agree with the sentiments expressed by Wiggins in his press conference. God only knows I, as a fan, get sick to the back teeth of explaining to all my friends, colleagues and family that actually no, not all procyclists take drugs – the frustration of constantly being asked the same old questions time and time again in press conferences must be immense!

  • geoffrey smith

    well done wiggo.. 99% of us real riders agree with you,, only the do goders like that SA bloke from durban stand on holy ground… i raced in SA in the 70’s and after every track or road race,(at national level) , the riders downded a 2 ltr bottle of coca cola…. now if you are in the know,, you know what that means.. Geoff

  • Frank Green

    Decent education Cormac ?, who gave you the job of educational officer you pretentious c**t.

  • Cormac

    Lets face it – Wiggans is a superb bike rider because he has dedicated his life to training, diet, racing etc. He probably did all this whilst neglecting a decent education – probably the reason why his vocabulary is limited.

    Its a bit disturbing but not surprising to see so many British fans who think his comments are great. If he keeps the comments such as c**ts and w**kers I’m sure he will make a great after dinner speaker at British events when he retires. Makes you proud…

  • Andy

    Good man Wiggo – great role model for all the kids watching.

  • Matthew

    Gotta love someone who doesn’t give out the same dull platitudes in sport. Any sport needs personalities, miserable, feisty or vibrant. Surely someone speaking their mind is better than the inane dirge trotted out by ‘media-trained, personality-dulled’ footballers?

  • Simon WS

    Well said, that man!

  • Phil Walker

    Cant believe what some people are reading into a) what Wiggins said and b) the insinuations that have been made, judging by the comments here.

    I can totally understand his frustrations at the crap being levelled at them – because they are controlling a race and riding very well, they MUST be doped up?

    Do some of you REALLY believe that rubbish? If so, you are no better than the people who made that crap up. Show me some evidence, then feel free to say what you like, till then, shut up and let the lad get on with winning a bike race!!

  • Simon E

    It’s a sad indictment of the times that poor old Brad can’t do anything right by some people. Damned if he keeps quiet, damned if he speaks out.

    I am glad he said what he did and with the forcefulness that he used. At least you can’t call him ‘mealy-mouthed’ or trying a typical doper’s response. My kind of bloke. #AllezWiggo.

  • Seamus Leahy

    I did say in a previous comment that this (accuse the successful of doping) would occur, re Armstrong he was tested so many times that they should now leave the bloke alone or go back to the beginning of Le Tour and systematically strip all the winners of their titles, some justifiably, others just in case

  • David

    Bravo Wiggo!!

  • Martin Littlewood

    Might not appreciate the swearing but 100% behind the comments. Go Brad and Team Sky

  • Woody

    Superb response there from Wiggo!

  • Big Al

    Nice one Wiggo. Made me chuckle anyway.

  • M Reynolds

    Why oh why do some people have to spoil what is a great event in the cycling calendar? The media and Press seem to revel in unfounded speculation. The Tour De France is the ulimate goal in any professional cyclists career; and they need to achieve an extremely high level of fitness just to complete race.

    Accusations of doping; and the constant speculation, would upset even the mildest mannered person.

    Time to support the Sky Team and not listen to idle gossip or scare-mongering tactics of the press and media.

  • Geoff Waters, Durban, South Africa

    Is this really the way to deal with the media? Does’nt Sky have a press officer/advisor? Surely such FAQs are to be anticipated. In all sports at all levels supplements are extensively used – check out pharmacies, look at sales figures and talk to trainers. Cycling’s answer currently lies with the UCI and WADA. Their testing protocols and strategies may be flawed and open to criticism but to hear of a top cyclist in a physically and psychologically stressed state being reduced to using expletives is simply depressing.

  • Guy

    Their comments born of jealousy and ignorance.

    I will second that, they are just c**ts.

  • adam

    Ah, us British potty mouths eh? Can’t help but giggle… not sure how the Sky PR folk will gloss it over though. I hope Wiggins doesn’t apologise either. If that how he feels, then he has an absolute right to say that. Have another good day to Wiggins and amuse us with some more curt comments. I said curt…..

  • Frank Eastwood

    How refeshing to hear anger in a reply from a leading rider when posed with the inevitable doping question. Compare this with the bland evasive replies of numerous other so called stars. Good on you Bradley

  • Lightning Hopkins

    Why would he call them “coats” and “workers” I dont get it. I guess you had to be there.

  • DopeToWin

    Compare and contrast with the Wiggins of 2007:

    So Brad loses some weight, ups his cadence a bit maybe, implies he works harder than others… and even sets up a foundation! Hmmm.

  • scandalxk

    Most sportsmen should be kept a mile from a microphone because they bore you to death. Andy Murray, anyone? You just lose the will to live trying to maintain interest in the deadly dull drone of platitudes.

    Keep it up. Brad!

  • Mick W

    Couldn`t have put it better myself…..

  • redballoon

    you tell them Wiggins, absolutely spot on.

  • DJC

    Bradley – the most tested cyclist at the moment. Completely agree with him!! If he was doped then it would show up like a bull in a china shop

  • Robert

    Wiggins’ outburst, rather than giving any assurance that he is riding clean, does rather come across as being a powerful piece of self-justification. It sounds much like the sort of thing Wiggins’ hero and occasional advisor, Lance Armstrong, used to say. Something along the lines of “I know that many people will be sceptical of any rider or team who can win or dominate a race like the Tour, especially given its dope-tainted history, but please take my assurances that I and my team are riding clean” would have been much more reassuring. For some reason he chose not to do so.

    ‘Wiggo’ does seem to have undergone a major change in attitude since 1997 when he said “you can’t blame people for doubting the credibility of the Tour for perhaps the next 5,6,7 years” and when asked “Do you think that all cyclists have been tainted by the same brush?” answered by saying “I don’t think so and I think you’ve just summed it up in the question really by saying you’re all taking drugs – so you’re kinda pointing the finger at me really. A lot of it is kind of insinuation with questions like that. I can’t blame people for perhaps thinking that.”

    In that same interview Wiggins also accepted that the rewards of winning the Tour could tempt people to dope, saying “the financial rewards of winning something like the tour are so great that it tempts people to do what they do. If you compare it to something like the Olympic Games, the financial rewards of the Olympic Games are peanuts to winning something like the Tour de France. If you win something like the Tour de France you are almost guaranteed for 3 years to be on a E1,000,000 contract – that’s quite attractive and lucrative to some people to take the risks they do.” He also said “I spent a lot of time in the group finishing an hour down most days and that’s where the heroes are for me… not the guys on the million Euro contracts who are being done for blood transfusions and things like that.”

    I wonder if Wiggins now thinks that he used to be a bit of a c**t himself for saying the sort of thing he used to?

  • JD

    So where were the same fearless US journos a decade ago when US Postal was bossing the peloton? Would they have dared to pop the same question when it might have made a difference?

    Sheer indulgence. What on earth are riders supposed to say to facile question like that? Good grief.

  • Andy Simpson

    I’ve got a lot of respect for Wiggins and, on balance of probability and maybe some optimism, I reckon Sky as an outfit are clean. But, and it’s a big but, as someone who has followed cycling since the early 80’s I would bet that the vast majority of Tour winners have not been clean for some or all of their careers, and as a fan, I’ve been “let down” too many times to have blind faith.
    I can appreciate his frustration, but why should he be believed anymore than Armstrong or Contador? It’s a crap position for modern day cyclists to be in, but they can’t deny 50 years of cycling history, or expect us to. As for his assertion that people who doubt are people who are bone-idle or lack commitment to something, well that’s ridiculous; there’s other commitments in life than sport and with far less financial rewards – my doubt comes from history, not from ignorance. As it stands I believe he’s clean, without proof otherwise I’ll cheer him on to Paris and celebrate a victory if it comes – but no pro cyclist can be surprised or insulted that the public are reluctant to completely invest in the cleanliness of a sport that’s failed them time and time again.