Mistakes made

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04/30/2013| 2 comments
by Neil Browne
Now a Tour de France winner, golden Olympian, and a knight, Wiggins is admitting his mistakes and setting the record straight - lining up in the 2013 Giro d’Italia Lloyd Images

Mistakes made

If you make a mistake, own it and move on.

the Tour. Tim [Kerrison, Sky’s performance director] believes there is no reason I can’t be strong in both.” He continues, “I believe that I can come out of the Giro in the same shape and be seriously competitive in the Tour.”

... this does not sound like a guy who is willing to go to the front and chase down a dangerous break or shuttle water bottles from the Team Sky Jaguar.

Mr. Froome I have a little bit of advice for you. Call Greg LeMond and ask him for tips. Or better yet, reach out to Hinault. That's a guy who knew how to screw with a person's head.

One other mistake that I took pleasure in seeing being somewhat rectified was Cycling Ireland's decision to nominate current UCI president Pat McQuaid to another term as president. Initially the board approved of McQuaid's nomination, but needless to say there was plenty of blow-back. In protest of Cycling Ireland backing McQuaid their vice-president Anthony Moran resigned. Here's a guy who didn't give a crap about drinking a Guinness at the cool kids’ pub. He stood his ground and said he didn't want to be a part of it. Professional cycling needs more people like Moran who aren't afraid of standing up for what is right.

Eventually, the nomination of McQuaid for another term as UCI president created too much pressure on Cycling Ireland and an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) was called, which is like another meeting the We F**ked Up And Need To Fix This (WFUAWNTFT), but less official sounding with more boozing and dart games.

Now it is up to Ireland's cycling clubs to decide whether McQuaid goes on to the next round of, “So you want to be a UCI President.” They will take a vote and if the majority approves, he'll be an official candidate for the UCI presidency. As of this writing there are no other candidates - which should send a shiver down your spine ...

If McQuaid doesn't get the nod from his home country he must ask for the nomination from the country he now lives in - Switzerland. It is an embarrassment to have to ask another country to endorse his candidacy because his own country wouldn't. Another person might take that snub as a sign, but not Pat. He'll ask Switzerland to endorse him without batting an eye.

McQuaid needs to apologize and move on. Under his watch we've had numerous suspicious activities to accepting money from Armstrong, from continuing to support the American even as everyone else knew that something wasn't adding up.

Like Armstrong, I suspect that McQuaid will never fully admit what he did was wrong and self-centered. He will always claim what he did was for the best of the cycling sport ie: the ostrich strategy of sticking the head in the sand to avoid seeing the truth. That's not a very effective policy and it put the sport in the position it is now.

What I can say to these gentlemen is own your mistakes, grow from them,

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Neil is at least as egotistical as the people he rights about. Every story he rights is either about how bad those people are that wouldn't give him the time of day, or about how he was right and all of his wrong doers should be sent to purgatory until they personal apologize to him.

Neil needs to take a long walk in the woods and find peace inside.

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I feel we are all owed apologies from Verbruggen, McQuaid and the penultimate cruel, vindictive and inhumane liar Lance. By we I mean anyone who loves cycling, and personally those like myself who raced during the 90s as a clean athlete. I ended up later finding out I had been donating entry fees to cheaters who got pro contracts with teams such as Motorola. I went from being highly competitive to barely holding on in a matter of a few years. Sure I was hitting 30 but I had the miles doing high quality events. All of the above fostered the atmosphere of cheating, stole my entry fees and divieed them up. For that people like myself deserve an apology.