Bradley Wiggins

I can’t be the only one that, every time Bradley Wiggins opens his mouth either physically or twitterally, finds themselves liking him a little less.  He started with a good deal of kudos in the credit bank but I’m afraid he’s now comfortably into overdraft.

From this evening…

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At least at the end of last year he had the excuse that he was permanently pissed.  But now the season has started we have to draw the conclusion that, without the alcoholic alibi, that he’s a complete arsehole.

Which is a great shame as he’s a decent athlete.

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  1. 1 Pauls said at 9:27 pm on March 9th, 2010:

    I think a man should not be judged on his tweets (that’s a proverb that I’ve just made up!!). Sure he shoots his mouth off far too quickly and with little thought at times but having just finished his autobiography he seems sound enough. He’s aware of his failings which is always healthy and how he describes his relationship when he started working with Chris Boardman (certified top bloke) is an interesting read, seemed Chris got the measure of his character flaws instantly.

  2. 2 paulnixon said at 9:04 am on March 10th, 2010:

    PaulS

    I’ve also read the autobiography; this was the started of his decline in my estimation. Doubtless his relationship with his father is important to him but whether making it the central theme of his book was a good plan or not was debatable. At risk of sounding a bit harsh my interest in his problems is rather limited. I also found the book, and him in general, unremittingly negative.

    Last year in the Tour he was living the dream of every amateur cyclist I think. Not that you’d have thought so from his chippy, negative, prickly and defensive interviews.

    All that Wigan/Man Utd stuff didn’t go down to well either.

    I read Cav’s autobiography soon after; it was like a breath of fresh air. You actually get a bit of a feel for what it’s like to ride as a pro and, for all of his bravado and inappropriate heat-of-the-moment comments, he does seem to be an intelligent, thoughtful and professional racer.

    You’re right about Chris Boardman. Legend. Have you read his book? It’s excellent. His approach to the sport is great; though I just wish he “loved” it a bit more if you know what I mean. For his sake :-) .

  3. 3 Pauls said at 10:22 am on March 10th, 2010:

    Maybe it’s just me but I didn’t find the book that negative and for an autobiography I think he skipped a lot of stuff from his childhood years and didn’t dwell on it too much because afterall it’s the cycling we want to read about. I’m my opinion the book got better the further in I got plus I had the paperback which has additional chapters on the 2009 Tour. If you want to read a negative book try Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage!

    I’ve not read Cav’s book or Boardman’s so I’ll give them a go on your recommendation as they sound decent.

  4. 4 paulnixon said at 5:03 pm on March 10th, 2010:

    I’ve read Rough Read. Hate’s a strong word but I’m happy with it in a sentence with Kimmage.

    I don’t argue with the central premise of the book and I don’t ignore or pretend that drugs aren’t a big part of the professional sport of road cycling (as Paul Sherwin would say :-) ) but the book is a cry for help. Has such an big ego ever been so badly bruised.

    The Boardman book is out of print now but you can pick up both books, and plenty of others, for free short-term lease from my place :-) .

  5. 5 Hugh said at 10:50 pm on March 15th, 2010:

    Bradley does appear to be a graceless oaf. I don’t imagine for a minute that he wrote his autobiography. His command of English seems to limited for one thing – surely the correct usage is “rough as arseholes”? Compare his Tweets with Contador’s considered comments after Paris-Nice. “As the years go by, I’ve progressed in terms of experience and maturity. My legs are fine, my head is too, I hope the team will be even stronger in July to help me win the Tour. There are about seven or eight riders who can win the Tour because of their individual or their collective strength. I’m one of them.” Calm, considered and … a bit dreary. Surely there must be a third way? Oh, if you are interested in cycling books then I can sort of recommend Personal Best by Beryl Burton. Long out of print, now reprinted at £20 a go. It is, without question, the dullest book about cycling ever written. A chippy automaton with nothing on her mind but cycling and winning. Makes turbo training interesting by comparison.