How can you not want him to win? Especially after these comments from Velo News interview:
“I don’t feel that I should have to sit here and justify everything I’ve done to the world,” he said. “I’m not just some shit rider who’s come from nowhere.
“I’ve been six-times world champion (on the track), fourth in the Tour de France, third in the Vuelta. It’s not like I’ve just come from nowhere.
“I’ve got an incredible pedigree behind me.”
“To me it’s them (critics) pissing all over everything I’ve done by saying, ‘yeah, he’s cheating’.
“That’s what really gets to me. Everyone in their individual jobs works hard at what they do… Yeah, I’m in the yellow jersey and I’m inspiring kids in the UK to take up cycling or whatever.
“But ultimately I’ve worked hard to be in this position and I deserve every minute of what I’ve been through in this last week or so, especially after sitting at home last year and watching it on the television.”
“There’s one reason I’m in this position and that’s because I’ve worked hard,” he added.
“I’m tested by the UCI God knows how many times a year, God knows how many times on this race and the Dauphiné, blood tested every morning… What more can I do ? I don’t know really ? I’d love to know.”
The only thing that ruins the tour for me every year, the fucking press. To draw conclusions and similarities to a past team that, as of yet, hasn’t done anything wrong! Or they come up with crap like this:
The team has come under question in recent days over its work with former Rabobank doctor Geert Leinders, who oversaw rider health during a period between 1997 and 2007 when, according to at least one former rider, the team was accepting of doping practices.
The press will qualify guilt over the accusations from, how did they put it, ONE FORMER RIDER!? Is that right?
I love cycling, but I hate where the reporting of it is right now; guilty until you can prove innocence FOREVER. Now. Past, and not just your past, but everyone you were in contact with. Future.
Note: Usually, since I want someone to win. They lose. Sorry Bradley.