Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) looks over as Catherine (3rd L), Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William …
Cycling has become a national sensation in Great Britain, from Bradley Wiggins's victory in the Tour de France to eight gold medals in road and track cycling in the London Olympics.
Wiggins is a superstar. Sir Chris Hoy is an Olympic legend. Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are tabloid fodder as team-mates and paramours. Brits have gone cycling-mad.
So please allow Prime Minister David Cameron a little swagger about his nation's cycling proficiency … and the fact that its rivals from France had but three silver medals in the same events.
Swagger Cameron did on Thursday, after a French television reporter "virtually accused us of cheating" in an interview, he said.
"It's driving the French mad; they can't bear it," Politics Home reported Cameron as saying. "Cycling — I was interviewed on French television yesterday and they virtually accused us of cheating. I think they found the union jacks on the Champs-Élysées a bit hard to take."
The Champs-Élysées reference, of course, evokes Wiggins's Tour de France win.
Cameron laughed off the allegations of cheating … because Mavic, a French company, actually manufactures Team GB's bike wheels.
"The French should know our secret because you make our wheels. … You know they're round. They go fast because they pedal hard," he said.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of Olympic Trolling. Your move, François Hollande.
Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports
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