I suppose it depends how you regard 'sporting performance'. To me, it's when
a sportsman captures the public imagination by doing something remarkable -
it's not really about how gruelling or difficult the event is. So I'm going
to say Ian Botham, Headingley, 1981 is right up there.
Anyway, Wiggins probably only won because all the others had to stop taking
Motor racing has been particularly ill-served. Moss got his K in 2000,
*triple* champion JYS got his in 2001, 30 years after he retired.
Graham Hill - double world champ, Indy 500 winner, Le Mans 24 Hour
winner - here's an OBE, now fuck off. Jim Clark - same. The only other
driver to be knighted is Jack Brabham, which has to be seen partly as
a political move to keep the Aussies on the side of the monarchy.
Oi, you're the guy that got my domain ;)
Besides which... I think Ben Ainslie's medals at 5 successive Olympics
(the last 4 gold) should have been worth a mention. It appears the
public at large disagree with me. Still, first British TdF winner for
... ever? at least make him a worthy contender, unlike some past winners
of the BBC SP thing.
Until next year when his team mate wins it. I think his clutch of
Olympic medals may have something to do with him winning an award just
as much as winning the Tour.
If you want to rank Wiggins alongside Brailsford I think Brailsford has
actually achieved more and will probably go down as one of our best ever
coaches but sooner or later someone will surpass him.
Especially as tour cycling is a team event and, now more than ever, the team
leader is paced to the win by his team mates. The eventually winner isn't
always the best cyclist, but the one who keeps the best team around him
(which can sometimes be down to luck).
(and FWIW triathlon's going the same way!)
If you think the Tour de France and Tour of Britain were/are boring your
brain died decades ago.
There are long straight boring stages but in the twisties, hillclimbs and
10k to the finish line it's nearly as good as Superbike.
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