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Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome will share a glass of champagne during today’s final stage of the Tour de France to celebrate Britain’s historic 1-2 finish in the world’s most prestigious cycling race.
Their better halves, however, might not be up for it.
Wiggins’ wife and Froome’s girlfriend have been at the center of a Twitter dispute that started after Stage 11. Froome was told to wait for his leader in the ascent to the ski station of La Toussuire. That day, Froome clearly was the best, but his Sky team’s race strategy forced him to stay in his support role.
Michelle Cound took to Twitter to express her disappointment at Sky’s decision to fully back Wiggins in his bid to become the first British rider to win the Tour at the expense of her boyfriend.
“If you want loyalty, get a Froome dog... a quality I value... although being taken advantage of by others!” Cound wrote.
Catherine Wiggins was quick to respond, praising the great work of Wiggins’ teammates Mick Rogers and Richie Porte during that stage without mentioning Froome.
“See Mick Rogers and Richie Porte for examples of genuine, selfless effort and true professionalism,” she wrote.
The tweet immediately was followed by another message from Cound, who retweeted Wiggins’ note with: “Typical!”
British rider David Millar, who will team up with Froome and Wiggins at the London Olympics, tweeted: “Oh SNAP! Sky have WAG (wife and girlfriend) WAR on Twitter. This (expletive) just got real.”
Froome, picked by many as a future Grand Tour winner, has been a loyal and dedicated teammate to Wiggins. But he sometimes has expressed his frustrations and could not help showing his own strength in the mountains, making race followers wonder whether Sky was backing the right man on the road.
Their partners’ sniping flared again this week in the Pyrenees when Froome had to stay with Wiggins in the climb to Peyragudes, letting another stage victory slip away for the sake of his boss.
“Suddenly not so in the mood for Paris on Sunday, what a joke,” Cound wrote.
The South African photographer again expressed her disappointment after Friday’s 18th stage won by Mark Cavendish after an impressive collective performance by Sky.
“Team work is also about giving the people around you, that support you, a chance to shine in their own right,” Cound tweeted.