Wiggins wails in fresh debate over doping

TEAM Sky cyclist Bradley Wiggins again distanced himself from the subject of doping after yesterday setting a new British record by retaining the Tour de France’s yellow jersey for a fourth day and maintaining his lead.

France’s Thomas Voeckler won the Tour’s 10th stage but Wiggins, by one minute and 53 seconds, remains the overall leader ahead of 2011 winner Cadel Evans, compatriot Chris Froome and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, who respectively lie second, third and fourth.

“There’s one reason why I’m in this position and that’s because I’ve worked hard and I shouldn’t have to justify all that other stuff which we spoke about the other day to certain parts of the world,” said Wiggins. “To me, it’s them p****** all over everything I’ve done, by just saying ‘oh yes, he’s cheating’ or whatever.

“I deserve every minute of what I’ve been through this last week or so. It’s not like I've just come from nowhere.

“I’m tested by the UCI (International Cycling Union) God knows how many times a year, God knows how many times on this race and the Dauphine. Blood tested in the morning. What more can I do?”