Bradley Wiggins latest: off-season will be crucial for Tour defence, says Brailsford

Piers Morgan responds to that tweet

by Sarah Barth   August 9, 2012  

Bradley on his way to another gold medal

With a Tour de France victory and an Olympic gold medal added to his tally of victories this year Bradley Wiggins' next challenges will be off the bike as much as on it if he wants to successfully defend his Tour de France title next year, according to the man who masterminded those victories.

British cycling director of performance Dave Brailsford told the Asociated Press that Wiggins biggest problem over the next few months will be coping with fame.

“It will be very difficult,” said Brailsford. “I’d go as far as saying that most people, when they win something that they’ve really (wanted), a big major, career defining victory, the period after that is difficult.”

Wiggins has been this season's dominant stage racer, winning Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Criterium du Dauphine as well as the Tour de France and the Olympic time trial.

Not surprisingly, he has spent much of the last week celebrating, including meeting the Modfather himself Paul Weller at a Stone Roses gig .

“Bradley will get pulled this winter from award ceremonies to media things to all the things that normally aren’t there in life,” Brailsford said. “He will inevitably get asked to do a lot of that this winter. And the challenge with a lot of guys who hit a peak, they go through all of that and while everyone else is training really, really hard, they’re not. Not because they don’t want to, it’s just difficult to fit it all in.”

Brailsford acknowledged that the greatest skill of previous multiple Tour de France winners such as Lance Armstrong was time management.

“That’s where the guys who had repeated success on something like the Tour de France, like Armstrong, it’s a phenomenal achievement, in that sense, to manage your life and to have the discipline to manage your life,” he said. “And that’s the challenge for Bradley really now.”

Wiggins' season isn't over though. He and Mark Cavendish will ride the Tour of Denmark, August 22-26, and Cav will almost certainly face repeated sprint finish showdowns with rival Andre Greipel of Team Lotto Belisol .

“It's quite simple: cycling's biggest stars who are coming to Denmark” said race director Jesper Worre.

“It is without doubt the strongest field we've ever had, and I can only urge Danes to get out and experience these world stars”.

Piers Morgan vs the world

In a final bit of Wiggins-related news, former newspaper editor turned D-list celeb interviewer Piers Morgan has hit back at Wiggins fans who have been re-tweeting and re-posting a snark aimed at him earlier this month, but wrongly attributing it to Wiggins.

Sadly, this is not quite what happened:

When Wiggins failed to sing the national anthem in the time trial medal ceremony, Morgan posted on Twitter:

“I was very disappointed @bradwiggins didn’t sing the anthem either. Show some respect to our Monarch please!”

In fact, athletes' singing the anthem is a fairly recent development and the more traditional posture is one of respectful silence, at least according to Holy Moly.

Colm Quinn responded:

“.@piersmorgan I was disappointed when you didn’t go to jail for insider trading or phone hacking, but you know, each to his own."

And, quick as a lie circling the earth while truth fumbles with its bootlaces, that comment was attributed to Bradley Wiggins and whizzed round Facebook and Twitter.

Late last night, Morgan tweeted: “Dear Trolls, that Bradley Wiggins tweet to me's a fake. So maybe send it to yourselves instead of me? There's a good of bunch of dimbos.”

Piers Morgan, you may remember, was sacked as editor of the Daily Mirror after it published hoax pictures of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi.

Earlier today, he seemed to obliquely acknowledge the momentum of Quinn's jibe at him, posting:

“Congrats to @mrcolmquinn - he knows why, and I admire the work. ps I suspect @bradwiggins probably agrees with what he never said, anyway.”

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I did wonder how he might manage the off-season, because Brad has several times that "it will never get better than this" which could easily turn into "what's the point then?"

Hope he keeps his head.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3691 posts]
9th August 2012 - 22:25


Show respect to our monarch ?

"God bless our gracious queen" !

I'd be gracious as well if I was kept in the lap of luxury for shaking a few serfs hands ! Morgan is nothing more than an establishment shill and isn't even fit to grace the same room as Wiggins. Morgan doesn't know what integrity even means, Britain's Got talent, my arse.......

What a clown.

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posted by Brummmie [56 posts]
9th August 2012 - 22:51


Oft repeated (mainly by me), never tiresome, always funny:

"Morgan? Is that capital M small Organ"

I don't think it matters who tweeted back at Moron, he seems to have a thing about how 'unpatriotic' our cyclists are, although the majority of them still live and work in the UK, unlike him

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posted by andylul [418 posts]
10th August 2012 - 9:43


Brailsford is really trying hard to push a UKPostal image with more comparisons to 7 time TdF fraud Armstrong!

posted by Decster [246 posts]
10th August 2012 - 9:44


Piers Moron is an arsehole. An insider trading, fraudulent, self publicising arsehole.

posted by Animal [38 posts]
10th August 2012 - 10:59


Perhaps Brad was standing on the winner's podium thinking "I'll sing it, but not until I've seen the Queen sing it first".

Oh yeah - and Piers Morgan is a kn*b.

posted by jarderich [91 posts]
10th August 2012 - 12:27


It's great to share a space in the world with others who don't rate Piers Morgan - a man who earns his living from being a smart arse and exploiting others' weaknesses.

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
11th August 2012 - 9:16


With Bradley commenting that "it doesn't get any better than this", maybe he thought it was all over and was expecting a fat lady to do the singing as the saying goes.
Thankfully, Lesley Garrett was otherwise engaged!

posted by PRINCIPIA PHIL [57 posts]
12th August 2012 - 20:24