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Team Sky star speaks ahead of Commonwealth Games

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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Gotta love Wiggo

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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The man is "the man" a true British hero in my opinion

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Gkam84 [9088 posts] 2 years ago
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team mate-cum-rival.....that sounds a bit like male bonding  24

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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HalfWheeler [487 posts] 2 years ago
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Where would we be without the wit and wisdom of Wiggo, eh?

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pwake [387 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

team mate-cum-rival.....that sounds a bit like male bonding  24

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...

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paulfg42 [392 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

team mate-cum-rival.....that sounds a bit like male bonding  24

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.

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Gkam84 [9088 posts] 2 years ago
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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  24

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Colin Peyresourde [1748 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 2 years ago
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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....”

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leqin [174 posts] 2 years ago
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I didn't know Chris Hoy was f#*king Froome - well you learn some thing every day don'tcha

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BikeBud [205 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice article heading, making something of nothing.

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WolfieSmith [1326 posts] 2 years ago
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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.  4

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MarcMyWords [71 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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alotronic [477 posts] 2 years ago
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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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IanW1968 [276 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant!

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Him Up North [235 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Paul J [901 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 2 years ago
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Maybe they didn't go overboard on branding the Hoy velodrome because at one point he planned to be competing.

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mhmhmh [29 posts] 2 years ago
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Should be called the Obree Velodrome anyway...

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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mhmhmh wrote:

Should be called the Obree Velodrome anyway...

Why?

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wellcoordinated [209 posts] 2 years ago
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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!

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mhmhmh [29 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Deac [165 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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J90 [355 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Wiggins is just a character, always does a good interview