Let the mind games begin

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12/19/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Christopher Froome can climb and “accidentally” dropped Bradley Wiggins on the La Toussuire in the 2012 Tour de France Fotoreporter Sirotti

Let the mind games begin

The opening salvos of the 2013 Tour de France have already begun.

personality? Okay – that’s debatable between being an act of someone with personality and just being a douchebag.
2. After winning the gold medal in the time trial at the London Olympics Wiggo tweeted, “Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages." I’m sure whomever gave the Team Sky social media lesson would not have signed off on that message, but it shows Wiggo isn’t afraid to “go off script.”
3. Various tattoos. Sure they’re not of the Pippo Pozzato, “Only God Can Judge” variety, but it’s a start. And really, how long is it before we see a neck tattoo of Roger Daltrey peeking up over his shirt collar?
4. Giving “the bird” to photographers as he was trying to get home from hospital. He later apologized, but you didn’t see Princess Kate giving the paparazzi the finger when she left hospital after her bout of severe morning sickness.
5. He plays a guitar. Being a professional anything takes a lot of time. Being a professional athlete takes a lot of time and effort. But there was Wiggins at the post-SPOTY party on stage playing the guitar covering a Stone Roses song. While not shredding like his idol Pete Townshend with windmill-like arm motions, it didn’t sound like he embarrassed himself, musically speaking, so it appears that he’s carved out time to learn the instrument with some proficiency.
6. He stumbled out of the post-SPOTY party looking a little worse for wear. His shirt buttons were now undone showing off his almost translucent white chest and he looked to have enjoyed the open bar the BBC had provided.
7. Ridiculous sideburns and haircut.

Second place finisher in the SPOTY awards was Jessica Ennis who I have never seen reported as being drunk, dropping “F-bombs” or showing off her chest. Or maybe Ennis does and she’s low-key about it. Regardless, the British public spoke, and in my opinion chose wisely because Bradley Wiggins does indeed have personality.

Hold on – just to show that he has even more swag, Wiggins backtracked on his previous statement of focusing on the Giro.

Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live he said, “As it stands I’m probably going to try and win a second Tour de France, so I don’t know, maybe we’ll have two leaders. That’s more than likely, I guess. How that’s going to work with the team I don’t know, it’s more Dave’s (Brailsford) problem, really.”

If Froomedog was listening I hope he wasn’t drinking hot tea, spitting it out in surprise all over his girlfriend Michelle Cound. As I’m sure Froome is well aware of history has shown that two leaders on a squad is a recipe for disaster.

Anyone remember the Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault inter-team squabble? Cast your mind back to the 1985 Tour de France.

Due to a knee injury Hinault sat out the 1983 edition, and came back in ’84 beaten by over ten minutes from fellow Frenchman Laurent Fignon.

However in ‘85 it was Fignon who was felled by

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