One of the more amusing anecdotes to come out of the Tour de France this year was the Twitter cat fight between Catherine Wiggins, the wife of the Tour's winner, Bradley, and Michelle Cound, the girlfriend to Wiggins' countryman, Chris Froome.
According to a July 21 report from The Associated Press:
Wiggins’ wife and Froome’s girlfriend have been at the centre of a Twitter row that started after Stage 11 when Froome was told to wait for his leader in the ascent to the ski station of La Toussuire. That day, Froome was clearly the best but his Sky team’s race strategy forced him to stay in his support role.
Apparently the Sky team decided that Wiggins should be the winner and asked Froome to stay back, prompting Froome's girlfriend to tweet some choice words about the decision:
“If you want loyalty, get a Froome dog... a quality I value... although being taken advantage of by others!”
Mrs. Wiggins responded in rather passive aggressive fashion, giving kudos to her husbands teammates for their "selfless effort" but gave no love to Froome:
“See Mick Rogers and Richie Porte for examples of genuine, selfless effort and true professionalism,” she wrote.
Cound responded, "typical!" and "suddenly not so in the mood for Paris on Sunday, what a joke.
And thus an online fight had broken out between two women pitting their men against each other as Great Britain looked to finish strong and make a push in the Olympics.
Even fellow British rider David Millar, who will help Froome and Wiggins make that push at the Olympics, chimed in:
“Oh SNAP! Sky have WAG WAR on Twitter. This (expletive) just got real.”
Will the blowup over Sky team's decision affect Wiggins and Froome as they look to bring home Gold for Britain at the Olympics later this month?
Lets hope not. It'd be a shame. They're both too good to let their ladies stand in the way of achieving something truly great. Wiggins has already become the first Brit ever to win the Tour De France. The Brits have won bronze in Olympic cycling three times since 1896, most recently in 1996 with Max Sciandri. But they've never won Gold. Will this be the Golden year for Britain?
I think Britain will do it but no gold comes easily, unless you're Michael Phelps.
Australia has a team that will most certainly generate buzz when the Olympics begin. Their team boasts the 2011 Tour de France winner in Cadel Evans, winners of the Milan-Sanremo for the last two years in Matthew Gross for 2011 and Simon Gerrans this year, a three-time World Trial champion in Michael Rodgers and lastly Stuart O'Grady, only a few years removed from his win at Paris-Roubaix in 2007.
As for other countries vying for Gold, the U.S. has a punchers chance with Chris Horner leading the way, who finished the Tour de France 13th overall, but they're too thin a team compared to the likes of Great Britain and Australia. Pierre Rolland and Thibaut Pinot could be the duo to put France in contention but they'll probably come up short again, too.
This is Great Britain's year on the road. And not even the Mrs. can stop them.