Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem “If” instills inspiration, stoicism and composure in those who read it. In the face of many challenges if you can rise above it all he famously concludes:
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Having just seen Bradley Wiggins’ response when asked why people accuse him of doping, I think we have a contender for a 21st Century “If”:
I say they’re just f*cking wankers. I cannot be doing with people like that. It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can’t ever imagine applying themselves to do anything in their lives. It’s easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that sort of shit, rather than get off their arses in their own lives and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something. And that’s ultimately it. C*nts.
Apologies for the Wiggo’s language but in the context it is understandable. And what’s more, if you ride the Tour clean and prove all these doubters wrong, you’ll be our man my son.