Originally Posted by Hawkwood
Am I missing something? I thought one of the points he was making was that the British public weren't turning up to events where there was little chance of a British medal.
Are you one of these Sky fanboys? The UCI fixed the result of the 2012 TDF so that Wiggins would win in order to sell tickets on Box Hill. Why on earth would they do this if the event was going to be a sellout anyway?
The steps taken included banning Contador after a failed drugs test (despite the fact that at other times they had apparently been covering up his failed tests), bribing the ASO to make a route which would suit Wiggins, taking all of Andy Schleck's and Cadel Evans' drugs away and then funding a massive doping programme by Sky and covering all their failed tests (although they presumably forgot to tell Sky about this as they sent their riders to Tenerife to hide from the testers).
Before the Tour, NOT A SINGLE ticket had been sold for a cycling event at the Olympics. After Wiggins won there was a mad rush for tickets and the UCI netted a windfall of approximately $400 million.
Hope that is clearer now.