Before and after every modern sporting event there is that pregnant, meaningless time spent waiting for something to happen. Press conferences: they are the bane of the life of the exciting athlete. Allowed to produce magic out in their world they are later dragged in to confined spaces and prodded and recorded till they do what they are told.
Sometimes we see something unexpected and the media chew it up and regurgitate it over big networks. Sometimes someone also busts in and changes the rules, like rock star Liam Gallagher did after Manchester City’s victory over rivals United.
This is one of those moments…
This was British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, talking to a media room after winning the Swiss event the Tour de Romandie.
Wiggins did so in unusual fashion, winning the yellow jersey back after powering into a closing time-trial stage victory. This was his second stage win of the event and saw him as the first Briton in the competitions 65-year history to win. This was all the more special because Wiggins is not a recognized sprinter, but it fell to him after several high profile members of his Team Sky group dropped out. He also overcame a malfunction with his bike chain at the start of the stage.
In the last year Wiggins has won three major-stage races –notably the Paris-Nice race –and with this victory he has significantly increased the chatter about his chances at the Tour de France. The reason for this? Last year Australian Cadel Evans won the Romandie event and then went on to win the TdF.
It takes a man in form and someone with supreme confidence to take on the world famous endurance event and win. As Wiggins jocularly waves away questions, switching between French and English, he certainly cuts the figure of a man acutely aware of what form he is in.