Wiggins: I'd be pissed off if I were Hoy, plus "f*cking Chris Froome"

Team Sky star speaks ahead of Commonwealth Games

by Simon_MacMichael   July 22, 2014  

Bradley Wiggins after winning Olympic ITT gold (copyright Britishcycling.org.uk)

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he’d be pissed off if he were Sir Chris Hoy, and used a rather stronger swear word to rebuff questions about his Sky team mate-cum-rival, Chris Froome.

Speaking to the press on the eve of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he will be riding for England in the team pursuit, Wiggins ambushed the obvious Tour de France-related question by opening with the words, “Fucking Chris Froome.”

According to a Daily Mail report, the phrase was delivered very much in a tongue-in-cheek style, and reporters had already been told that discussion of the Tour de France – a race that Wiggins became the first ever British winner of in 2012 – was off the agenda.

Instead, Wiggins spoke about his ambition to help England win team pursuit gold in Glasgow, and then aim for what would be the fifth Olympic gold medal of his career in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But he also found it strange that the velodrome in Glasgow where the track events at the Commonwealth Games will be held over the next few days didn’t give greater billing to the six-time Olympic champion it’s named after.

“It is a bit odd,” said Wiggins. ‘I’d be a bit pissed off if I were him because they’ve stuck a great big Emirates sign over his name and it doesn’t stand out that it’s the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome other than a little thing as you walk in. It’s more like a shopping sign with an Emirates thing on it.

“I think there should be more made for him. Stick a whopping great statue outside because it doesn’t hit you straight away that it’s his velodrome. I think he got done over a bit.

“But he won’t complain because he’s far too nice. So I’ll complain for him. They should do something about it.”

Wiggins, winner of seven Olympic medals in total, four gold, one silver and two bronze – Hoy has seven too, six of those gold – also spoke about his return to the track.

“Especially having not been selected for the Tour, the track was kind of like the perfect distraction,” he said.

“The road’s so different. It’s not enjoyable the road, in some ways. You go there and there’s so much pressure on you because of who you are within road cycling.

“Everyone’s watching you all the time, whereas you can go into the track and have off days and no-one really sees.”

Given his history with Froome, it was always unlikely that Wiggins would ride this year’s Tour de France in support of the man who succeeded him as champion.

“I remember finding out I wasn’t doing the Tour,” said Wiggins. “Then it was like: ‘Monday morning I was hitting the track.’

“It was like going back 15 years: the excitement of building my bike up again and getting back on the track for the first time. It was really refreshing actually, just enjoyable.

“I felt back in with the boys and they didn’t really care who you were. It was kind of like I had been away for the school holidays and come back to a new year and there new kids starting and everything.

“I’m a lot stronger than I used to be in the event, which is one of the things the road has given me. Hopefully that will continue for the next two years.”

Wiggins has never won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games – he has three silvers – but said that it “is a fantastic event in its own right.”

He went on: “Going up against Australia or New Zealand [or host nation, Scotland – Ed], it could be an Olympic final or world final.

“Being part of it all at 18 in Kuala Lumpur [in 1998] was like being at the Olympics. I was in the village with the likes of Steve Backley, Iwan Thomas and all those types of people.

“At the time it was massive. I guess that was the warm-up to the Olympics two years later and that inspired me to move on,” he added.

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Gotta love Wiggo

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 20:42

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The man is "the man" a true British hero in my opinion

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [264 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 20:48

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team mate-cum-rival.....that sounds a bit like male bonding Rolling On The Floor

I wish he would just keep his gob shut and talk about things that concern him.

The Sir Chris Hoy velodrome is still it's name, but it is the commonwealth velodrome.....for the commonwealth games, once they leave, things will be returned to normal signage. To accommodate sponsors, alot of the Chris Hoy branding had to be taken away. As normal with big events....F*CKING WIGGO

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posted by Gkam84 [9037 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 21:07

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Where would we be without the wit and wisdom of Wiggo, eh?

posted by HalfWheeler [126 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 21:19

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Gkam84 wrote:
team mate-cum-rival.....that sounds a bit like male bonding Rolling On The Floor

I wish he would just keep his gob shut and talk about things that concern him.

The Sir Chris Hoy velodrome is still it's name, but it is the commonwealth velodrome.....for the commonwealth games, once they leave, things will be returned to normal signage. To accommodate sponsors, alot of the Chris Hoy branding had to be taken away. As normal with big events....F*CKING WIGGO

I get the sneaking suspicion that Mr Wiggins may not be you're favourite cyclist! Perhaps you would get less upset if you avoided reading any articles related to/featuring him?

But the above post comes nowhere near the comedy value you provided when you commented about his Tour of California statements and asked "Where does he get this shit from?" and you then made the statement "Alot of people also don't trust that he's been clean his whole career." in the same post! Comedy gold...

posted by pwake [312 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 21:45

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Gkam84 wrote:
team mate-cum-rival.....that sounds a bit like male bonding Rolling On The Floor

I wish he would just keep his gob shut and talk about things that concern him.

The Sir Chris Hoy velodrome is still it's name, but it is the commonwealth velodrome.....for the commonwealth games, once they leave, things will be returned to normal signage. To accommodate sponsors, alot of the Chris Hoy branding had to be taken away. As normal with big events....F*CKING WIGGO

WRONG! Wiggins is referring to the Emirates sponsorship, which has been there for a long time prior to the Commonwealths and will remain after. There's no sign of Hoy's name on the outside of the velodrome so Wiggins does have a point.

posted by paulfg42 [379 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 21:52

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The end of the day, it is only the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in name. The way Wiggo is making out, Hoy owns the bloody thing and should be all over it.

I think Wiggo is just pissed he'll never get a velodrome named after him Rolling On The Floor

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posted by Gkam84 [9037 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 22:04

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Sort of makes you wonder if the track riders should train on the road if it makes you stronger.....tongue firmly placed in cheek.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1199 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 22:11

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Nice one Wiggo - wish he'd leave bloody Sky though!

Love this comment:

“But he won’t complain because he’s far too nice. So I’ll complain for him....”

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 22:36

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I didn't know Chris Hoy was f#*king Froome - well you learn some thing every day don'tcha

posted by leqin [130 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 5:03

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Nice article heading, making something of nothing.

posted by BikeBud [116 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 5:38

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I have sympathy with Scotland. With the possibility of political and financial independence looming Scotland needs a few deals. They could change their road signs to 'Welcome to Scotland (brought to you by Emirates, William Low, Old Grouse and Highland Water)'.

When I mentioned Old Grouse Keith I was referring to the whiskey. Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 7:19

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I really want to like Wiggo but can't like someone who slagged off the idea of a knighthood to be a bit different and 'out there' and then accepted one.

posted by MarcMyWords [72 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 7:41

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Yeah I like him. He's all tetchy for ages and then he gives a press conference like this and I like him again.

Sports *personalities* I like. They transcend their teams and sponsorship deals and earn the right to speak about things they are passionate about.

As for calling out the sponsorship - why not? There's more than a bit of pot calling kettle black, but hey, he knows the score when it comes to money and he wants a bit of respect for his mate, fine.

And 'Fucking Chris Froome' is a great way to start a press conference - funny, acknowledging the pain, showing he can laugh at himself.

Clearly he loves the riding and is relishing just getting on with it and being one of the boys.

A man who loves his cycling and is good at it and gets to do it at the highest level and have an opinion - what's not to like!?

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posted by alotronic [300 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 7:46

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Brilliant!

posted by IanW1968 [205 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 8:13

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Did Bradley have anything to say about the rest of the English squad? What he thought their chances were?

Transcend their teams indeed...

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posted by Him Up North [237 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 8:30

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I don't remember there being much mention of Sir Chris Hoy at the velodrome prior to the Commonwealth games either. I've cycled past it regularly since before it was opened, and I went to the world championships there.

posted by Paul J [675 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 9:11

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Maybe they didn't go overboard on branding the Hoy velodrome because at one point he planned to be competing.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1380 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 9:30

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Should be called the Obree Velodrome anyway...

posted by mhmhmh [25 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 10:51

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mhmhmh wrote:
Should be called the Obree Velodrome anyway...

Why?

posted by farrell [1579 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 11:09

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I agree with mhmhmh. Anyone who choose jam sandwiches above over priced kidology proven go faster drinks, gets my vote.

.. now where's my High 5 glycogen restoring recovery juice!

posted by wellcoordinated [98 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 12:21

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farrell wrote:
mhmhmh wrote:
Should be called the Obree Velodrome anyway...

Why?

Nothing against Hoy, I just think Obree deserves it more. And he's (more) local to the area too.

posted by mhmhmh [25 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 13:20

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Love the statue idea, saw Hoy on TV last night he's still in good shape. Wiggo should have one too.

posted by Chris Deacon [129 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 19:20

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Now, he won't cry (again) if one of his team mates is stronger will he....

Chris Deacon wrote:
Love the statue idea, saw Hoy on TV last night he's still in good shape.

Did you honestly think Hoy, the most successful olympian Britain has ever produced, would turn into a porker overnight?
I'm guessing you haven't seen any videos of him training? I'd say it would be harder for him to stop training! Absolute monster.

posted by J90 [171 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 20:11

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Wiggins is just a character, always does a good interview

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posted by Miles253 [205 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 20:41

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