David Cameron taunts France over Team GB cycling dominance
Smug at nation's track and road victories
You could accuse him of being rather smug. David Cameron has taunted the French about Great Britain's recent cycling victories in the Tour de France and Olympics.
After L'Equipe, a French newspaper, created an online poll asking readers whether they think Team GB cheated in the track cycling, and 70 per cent of respondents replied 'yes', it was time to say something.
When a French telelvision reporter put the allegations to the Prime Minister, enough was enough.
"It's driving the French mad; they can't bear it," Politics Home reported Cameron as saying. "Cycling — I was interviewed on French television yesterday and they virtually accused us of cheating. I think they found the union jacks on the Champs-Élysées a bit hard to take."
The Champs-Élysées reference, of course, evokes Wiggins's Tour de France win.
Cameron even told the French, who make Team GB's Mavic wheels, that they should know better.
"The French should know our secret because you make our wheels. … You know they're round. They go fast because they pedal hard," he said.
It'll be interesting to see what Francois Hollande comes up with in reposonse, but for now, let's hope some of that swagger translates to funding for grassroots cycling, so the dominance continues.