Not surprisingly, American cyclists seem to be taking the brunt of criticism from both sources. For example, Cycle Sport has taken a blatantly biased and vindictive approach to Tyler Hamilton and his newly formed Tinkoff team, even going so far as to post anti-doping statements next to virtually every picture of the American and his Russian-Italian continental team in its most recent issue. Yet, despite the clear problems surrounding the validity of the test that took Hamilton out of competition for the last two years, the magazine makes no effort to hide its disgust of the University of Colorado alum while continually touting the potential success of admitted doper David Millar. However, the magazine does not regularly focus on the fact that Millar only admitted his infraction when faced with empty EPO vials found in his home. Additionally, Cycle Sport is also very quick to let everyone know that Floyd Landis is entirely guilty and should be vilified for even attempting to defend himself from accusations of drug use – no matter how flawed the testing procedure or laboratory protocols.Wiggins has been especially vocal about his complete condemnation of anyone ever suspected of doing anything wrong…well, at least anyone that has ever beaten him in a bike race that is and surely not any of his teammates. The rider who has spent the majority of his career with the historically questionable Cofidis team (of Gaumont and Millar infamy among others) is also apparently the only man in all of professional cycling with the guts to publicly criticize people in the media prior to any kind of formal judgment. "I've got children, a wife and a house and I could lose my livelihood because someone who tests positive finishes ahead of me. It's about time someone had some balls and told it how it was.” said the Cofidis rider.
The British rider with virtually no results since 2004, who finished a distant 124th in the 2006 Tour de France (which Landis won by the way), continued his attack on the American rider, once again despite ANY formal sanctioning, by claiming, “I was really angry with Landis. It sickens me. He tested positive and then he was denying it. He took us riders for fools.”When asked by an American journalist if there was any chance he could ever possibly be falsely accused of doping himself, Wiggins was defiant. “There is absolutely no way that I would ever be falsely accused of performance enhancing drug use,” stated the winner of three medals in the 2004 Olympics. “I mean…if they were going to catch me it would have been after Athens when I won all those medals. But they barely even test me now because I have basically sucked for the last few years. Really, what’s the point of testing the track rider who finished 124th in the Tour, right?”
Wiggins continued his rant by claiming, “After last year's Tour de France I didn't feel proud to be a professional cyclist. But then again, maybe that’s because I finished nearly dead last while supposedly serving a couple of guys who barely even showed themselves in the Top 20 Overall. Yeah…the fact that I completely floundered and barely finished has to be a result of Floyd Landis’ doping practices. And those other 123 guys that finished ahead of me were totally on something as well. No question about it. It’s just too bad that Cycle Sport and I are the only two voices of reason in professional cycling. It is also unfortunate that we are the only two sources that know for sure what every single rider with a UCI license is guilty of.”
“I really wish more magazines and riders would be willing to openly and publicly destroy people’s reputations despite testing and adjudication flaws in the system,” concluded Wiggins. “It is really a shame that we are the only ones with the balls to play judge and jury in a public forum with no accountability or remorse. There really should be more people out there in the cycling community willing to take such an ignorant and holier-than-thou stance on the subject.”
Editor's Note: Only some of the highly inflammatory remarks above can be directly attributed to Bradley Wiggins. It's fun to wonder which accusatory comments are documented and which are merely inferred...but if you want to read some of the real ones, here you go: Enjoy the finger pointing