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"Banter" goes wrong as compere catches Tour star "unawares"...

Sir Bradley Wiggins’ tarnished public image took another blow last night when it emerged he had made an explicit remark at a dinner in support of charity Barnado’s.

According to the Daily Star, the Tour de France winner was approached by compere Jon Hammond as one of his cycling shirts went up for auction. Wiggins’ face appeared on the big screen at the luxury Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate and he said: “You’ve got a posh voice. I like posh voices. S*** me off.”

Last night a spokesman for Wiggins’ management company said: “There had been some friendly banter beforehand and Bradley was caught unawares by the auctioneer. We’d like to apologise to anyone who was offended by his language.”

According to the report, Wiggins was attending the £300-a-seat Firecracker Ball fundraiser for children’s charity Barnado’s, which took place on November 9.

Guests said drink had been flowing “extremely freely” but Wiggins is said not to have been drunk.

Nevertheless, the remark did not go down well with other guests.

Business director David Parkin said: “Initially there was just stunned silence. It was bizarre and shocking.

“The chap sitting next to me said: ‘Before tonight he was my hero, but not anymore'.

“It was completely the wrong time and place to say something like that.

“People were completely disgusted by him.”

The 2013 Firecracker Ball raised £230,000 for Barnado’s, including £5,000 from the sale of Wiggins’ jersey.

Wiggins has been in the news recently as a result of revelations in David Walsh’s new book Inside Team Sky. Wiggins is alleged not to have given any of his 2012 Tour de France win bonus to Chris Froome, despite paying other team members for their help, until Sir Dave Brailsford intervened.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Stumps [3414 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh ffs, it was a stupid comment, end of.

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Mr Jono [102 posts] 3 years ago
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Finally, something funny and distinctly not-beige uttered by a pro. Sure all the 'won't somebody think of the children?' crew will say it's in poor taste, but why don't they all f*$^ off and stop the bland stranglehold (blandlehold?!?) on the media and let real people enjoy themselves and say what they want when they're on the lash. Charity got paid, and we're reading about an event we would have otherwise not been aware of

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lookmanohands [119 posts] 3 years ago
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Burn him, he's a witch

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Mendip James [38 posts] 3 years ago
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Bit of a PR gaff but he's not there to please the other guests, his jersey gained £5k for charity which was presumably the point of his attendance, we all know he can be a bit of a loose cannon which is part of the appeal. Chris Froome might feel differently of course!

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700c [976 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh get over it. His 'tarnished image took another blow'?! He's doing something for charity and all the press can concentrate on is that he made a crude joke...

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md6 [181 posts] 3 years ago
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FFS. So, that's what passes for 'disgusting' these days...really these people have obviously never vnetured out in the 'real' world where normal people are unlikely to be offended by the tail end of a possibly inappropriate comment. Although it was probably only inappropriate due to the fact someone stuck a camera in his face as he said it.

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Ush [750 posts] 3 years ago
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What f***ing ever. Leave him alone.

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samwstraw [27 posts] 3 years ago
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Ha!

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Colin Peyresourde [1773 posts] 3 years ago
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Listen, if they wanted to book a comedian to bomb they would've booked Frankie Boyle....

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jollygoodvelo [1537 posts] 3 years ago
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Wiggo said "S*** me off."

Road.cc said "His tarnished image took another blow"

Nice one, Centurions.  4

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Old Man Miller [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Wiggo has gone up in my estimations - top comment. All the PC nobbers should sod off and get a life. A harmless amusing comment.

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Stim [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Well done Bradley,cant imagine Chris Froome coming out with suck me off but who gives a toss,im sick of these posh bastards who appear to have proliferated like effing rabbits since the Bullingdon cunts got in through dint of privileged birth and bugger all merit,talent or hard work
Suck me off indeed and now fuck off

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aslongasicycle [385 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm not posh and feel excluded. His snobbery disgusts me. I don't want to suck Bradley off, but IT IS MY RIGHT TO BE OFFERED THE CHANCE.

These people should be hung.

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gareth2510 [167 posts] 3 years ago
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Wasnt even a funny quip... silly boy.
Hes a celeb and everything he says that isnt 'PC' will be picked up and published, he knows this or should do.
Prat

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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prat, as usual

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MattT53 [146 posts] 3 years ago
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quality, continues to go up in my estimation!

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Cauld Lubter [135 posts] 3 years ago
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Having a posh voice is no indicator of sexual proclivity. Just as many prudes as tarts amongst the poshos as the plebs.

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Cooks [492 posts] 3 years ago
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I still haven't forgiven him for when he pinched Oprah Winfrey's arse at Paris-Roubaix.

That happened, right?

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Northernbike [229 posts] 3 years ago
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Cauld Lubter wrote:

Having a posh voice is no indicator of sexual proclivity. Just as many prudes as tarts amongst the poshos as the plebs.

I don't know; isn't that what the phrase 'fur coat and no knickers' alludes to?

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Leviathan [2266 posts] 3 years ago
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Bravo, how do I Like his comment? This week the Wiggo has been bashed about a bit, missus.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 3 years ago
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The one thing that there is NO mention of anywhere. As it was for Barnado’s. Were there kids at the event?

If yes, its a bit of a stupid comment to make.

If no, that's a light comment from him. No harm done if no kids in ear shot  3

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Driver Protest Union [22 posts] 3 years ago
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So Godfrey's shared joke with women who confessed they never clean behind their fridge 'I'm in a room full of sluts' seems really sensible and good clean fun after all?  21

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pmr [198 posts] 3 years ago
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Hahahahaah  41

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stefv [212 posts] 3 years ago
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At first I thought it was a pretty distasteful misogynistic comment to a female compare, but seems like it was an odd joke that isn't offensive to me (or funny). Although probably not the best thing to say when a guest at a charity auction.

Oh, how I can't wait for the racing to start again and I can visit this site to read about that instead! Anyone fancy Horner for the Tour de France?

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Scowel [50 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm a bit middle class so maybe he'll ask me for a w*nk

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antonio [1134 posts] 3 years ago
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He can come to our club dinner with a signed yellow jersey anytime, we'll even give him a couple of free tickets, our charity is the local hospice.

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mike1727 [6 posts] 3 years ago
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Get back under your bridge Keith Peat.

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Flying Scot [921 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry, but unless the room was full of young kids.....grow up complainers, ever heard an after dinner speaker?

He was there to raise money....job done.

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allez neg [497 posts] 3 years ago
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Down with this sort of thing!

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 3 years ago
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Talented but I think many of the top British cyclists are sooo up there own arse it's actually believable.
Love Bradley's talent but not his sports personality of the year.

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