Pricey_sky wrote:Cav and Wiggins are still British despite where they were born, last time I looked Isle of Man was part of GB? Wiggins parents were both British citizens and he has lived here most of his life. Froome is not British he just chose the British cycling system as he would have had no chance staying in Kenya.
IOM is not part of GB, its not even part of the UK.
I agree about Froome, the only reason he is "British" is because Sky are the richest team in the peloton. He attracts only a tiny fraction of the public support that Wiggins enjoys in Britain and if Wiggo isn't riding the tour there will be a lot of puzzled casual fans especially as he's in good nick and from a sporting perspective is worth a spot in the team.
If Wiggins goes to the papers with an axe to grind the public sympathy will be 100% with him. You only have to look at the lukewarm attitude from GB fans in other sports to passport tourists to see what will happen. Henman and Bruno were far more popular than Rusedski and Lewis in Tennis and Boxing, Zola Budd was never popular even without a home rival for the public affection. I'm not sure that will translate into outright hositility, but those Yorkies can be a law unto themselves at times especially if they think they've been snubbed, just ask my first wife.
Froome not helping himself herehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27722064
I sensed mental weakness in Sir Bradley Wiggins