"...after a pause, Wiggins replied: "They are just f***ing w*****s."
I think I know what he actually said - but only because I really like the comedic works of Ricky Gervais. However, perhaps there are some readers who have been left clueless as to what Wiggo's eloquent phrase really was. And I'm left wondering how the Cyclingnews editors decided how many letters to omit from each word. Because with 8 asterisks in a two word phrase with 14 letters total - there are more asterisks than letters. This might as well have been a game of hangman!
Some various possibilities:
I'm kind of partial to the last one, myself, as I have it on good authority that Wiggo might actually be the proud owner of a Farting Witch.
I fully admit to being a very skeptical cycling fan, and thus would also be considered a 'farting witch' by his standards, I suppose. I'm not saying Wiggo is loaded - but who is to blame me for questioning anyone really, as the day after Wiggins went on his defesnive tirade, a rival Tour team's hotel was raided by French police and Cofidis cyclist Remy De Gregorio taken into custody by the gendarmes for doping. So in all fairness to Bradley's defiant response to cynics, I say:
Of course, the reason why he had to file this suit not once, but twice, is because Federal judge Sam Sparks tossed out the first attempt less than 7 hours after it was filed stating,
"This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong's desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through eighty mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims."
"Armstrong's complaint is far from short, spanning eighty pages and containing 261 numbered paragraphs, many of which have multiple sub parts," Sparks wrote. "Worse, the bulk of the paragraphs contain 'allegations' that are wholly irrelevant to Armstrong's claims - and which, the Court must presume, were included solely to increase media coverage of the case, and to incite public opinion against the Defendants."
Among many other "irrelevant" facts listed in the original version are the results of the Texas youth swimming championships which Armstrong entered when he was 12 years old, and finished fourth in the 1,500-meter freestyle. (See it here, page 8, paragraph 28.)
This, of course, is a brilliant scheme concocted by Lance and his attorneys, and is better known as the Chewbacca Defense. If you've not heard of this style of legal defence, I refer you to its inception:
Who can really predict who will win in a battle between a kangaroo and Chewbacca. I mean - sure Chewbacca is 8 feet tall and apparently possesses human-like intelligence, but let's not forget that in the Empire Strikes Back, he was ultimately unable to repair the hyperdrive on the Millenium Falcon in their highest moment of need, and R2D2 had to save the day. But let's also remember that some think Chewbacca is nothing more than some dude in a fuzzy suit. And have you ever seen what a kangaroo can do to a dude in a fuzzy suit?
Call me a farting witch, but my money is still on the kangaroo...