Like this site? Help us to make it better.


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.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on

Latest Comments