Originally Posted by Bernie's eyesore
So what caused the Wiggins crash? To me the possibilities are,
1. He was busy smoking a spliff of EPO rather than concentrating on the road.
2. All a publicity stunt to boost sales of the book.
3. He was worried about visits by random testers and he thought they were less likely to bother him if he was in hospital.
4. He lacks a basic knowledge of geography (seen by the fact that he has lied repeatedly about where he lived as a child) and thought he was on a cycle path so didn't look out for traffic.
5. Some **** wasn't looking where he going when he exited the petrol station.
6. All of them+ it adds to the fact that when season is on the way things like this will be a perfect card to pull as an excuse for him underperforming early on in the season. Still a long way to go, sure, but i´m getting a sense things like these is not the only headline we will see concerning Sky-riders.
Originally Posted by thehog
Sky fans were already making excuses this year. Course was flat, suited to Wiggins, competition was weaker/no Contador etc.
I noticed them but over a season this has faded away. Reading the british newspaper and they have all gone into selfdefense: "Universially acknowledged clean", "First clean rider". Also it didnt explain how Froome suddenly could hold his own against Tony Martin in a time-trial, a discipline he up until that point had no merit whatsoever bar a second place in the British NT. It was too many strange and unexplainable, individually as collectively, progresses happening fast over a too long space of a time.
Have we seen this transformation before? Sure we have. Lance Armstrong when he returned from the hospital and suddenly was a GT-rider.
Originally Posted by Thehog
I think 2013 will be funny.
I agree. A season of excuses me think. They can of course try to create a cinderella-story of them clean riders carrying the flag against the "foreign dopers" but the cycling world, i think/hope, can see through crap like this. The difference with the situation we had in 98, now, is that back then we had not a USADA-report as cover. And, of course, no social media either.