Be prepared for anything.
When Bradley Wiggins began his training for the 2012 Tour de France, Cadel Evans, cramps and the climb were likely what he prepared for the most. Tacks, on the other hand, were probably an obstacle that he failed to envision.
According to BBC, the 14th stage of the Tour de France faced sabotage by the scum of the Earth. Morons, with no lives that had nothing better to do with their time, threw tacks out on to the road causing multiple punctures to racers' bicycles. What did Wiggins—a man unjustly accused of doping to gain a competitive edge—do when he saw that his greatest competition, Evans, had suffered a tack puncture?
In order to avoid benefiting from an unfair advantage, Wiggins waited for Evans and others to return to the pack. Evans gave Wiggins props for his sportsmanship after the day’s conclusion. He said (via BBC):
"Sky showed they are for fair play. They saw that something had happened and they slowed the peloton so that things could come together for the ride to the finish."
Not bad for a doper, eh? Wiggins also said after the stage (via BBC): "I thought it was the honourable thing to do. Nobody wants to benefit from someone else's misfortune."
Does Wiggins deserve the negative press?
Wiggins has never failed a drug test yet he’s been forced to endure ignorant doping question after ignorant doping question regarding his rise to the top of the Tour de France standings. Well, so much for his supposed willingness to do anything to gain an edge over the competition. Wiggins not only deserves credit for his refreshing display of sportsmanship in Stage 14, but for his continued dominance as well that has been overlooked due to bogus suspicions.
Here are the current top 10 standings (via letour.fr):
|1. Bradley Wiggins||64h 41' 16"|
|2. Christopher Froome||64h 43' 21"||+ 02' 05"|
|3. Vincenzo Nibali||64h 43' 39"||+ 02' 23"
|4. Cadel Evans||64h 44' 35"||+ 03' 19"
|5. Jurgan Van Den Broeck||64h 46' 04"||+ 04' 48"
|6. Haimar Zubeldia||64h 47' 31"||+ 06' 15"
|7. Tejay Van Garderen||64h 48' 13"||+ 06' 57"
|8. Janez Brajkovic||64h 48' 46"||+ 07' 30"
|9. Pierre Rolland||64h 49' 47"||+ 08' 31"
|10. Thibaut Pinot||64h 50' 07"||+ 08' 51"|
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.