Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Bradley does the business....

Come on Brad!!! - All the pre-tour build up and hype seems justified now, Bradley has the yellow jersey, almost two minutes ahead of Cadel Evans - and he gave a blisteringly perfect performance on the time-trial stage yesterday.

However, as is sometimes typical with Brits doing well in sporting events, the press always look for a negative. The heckles, in the form of poisonous, abusive and anonymous tweets have been arriving since Wiggins looks like the dominant force in this years race. At Monday's press conference, when Brad had taken the yellow jersey for the first time, he was provoked by tweets comparing the Sky squad to that of the USA Postal Team, whose leader Lance Armstrong is currently at the centre of an alleged doping scandal - the inference clearly suggested that Tour riders are drug takers.

Bradley's response was an expletive laden rant "I say they are just fu**ing wa**ers, 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 sh*t, 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. Cu*ts.

His outburst was, ultimately, heartfelt, reactive and understandable. Here is a rider who has sacrificed a lot for his sport. An Olympic champion who's dream, from when he was a young boy, was to win the Tour. I don't blame him - in fact his response received a round of applause. The sceptics should put up or shut up - cycling is cleaner than ever - the most tested sport in the world, let's major on that and relish the thought of a British rider winning the Tour de France - for the first time ever.

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