'How did you do it?' Suspicious French cyclist grills Jason Kenny

Aug 7, 2012
Gavin Mortimer

Beaten French champion Gregory Bauge demands to know how the young English cyclist won

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IT'S FAIR to say the French are fuming. If it wasn't bad enough seeing a 'rosbif' ride to victory in the Tour de France last month, our Gallic neighbours have spent the last week watching Team GB clean up in the Olympic velodrome. Worse, Britain's latest gold medal – the fifth for our cyclists so far – was won yesterday by the young Jason Kenny against France's great champion Gregory Bauge in the men's sprint.

Bauge appeared to initially take his defeat with the graciousness one would expect from a rider of his calibre, but during the post-race press conference he launched an extraordinary interrogation of Kenny.

Throughout the exchange Bauge was genial but there was no doubting he wanted answers as to why and how Britain has been so dominant in the velodrome.

Bauge, the three-time world champion, was granted permission by the press conference's moderator to ask Kenny some questions of his own.

"So you were Olympic runner-up in 2008 and you prepared for four years and the objective was today. So how did you prepare?" asked the 27-year-old Bauge.

Kenny replied that he had not prepared differently, adding: "The Olympics was our main goal and objective. As an athlete we always try hard and when you get to an Olympics that's when all our training comes together."

Bauge then pointed out that in the 2009 world championships in Poland Kenny had been beaten in the quarter-finals. Kenny explained: "That's because you went out in the reps (repechages) and beat me in the quarter-finals."

To which Bauge replied through a translator: "So, if I understand you well, for the next four years you will just relax and then when it comes to Rio [the 2016 Olympics], bang."

By now Kenny was beginning to get a little irritated with Bauge's persistence. "Not at all," replied the 24-year-old Englishman. "The Olympics is the main one for us and I think that's the one we put the most into, but me personally I still want to win world championships. That means a lot to me as a rider."

An Australian journalist then asked Bauge why he was asking these questions, and the Frenchmen retorted: "Because he beat me. I've prepared my Games in my own way so I'm curious to know how he prepared. It's not easy."

Bauge, who was stripped of the 2011 world title by the International Cycling Union for drug test infringements, was careful to keep his line of questioning above board but one began to wonder what he was getting at.

The director of the French cycling team, Isabelle Gautheron, has admitted she is intrigued by the success of the British cyclists, saying: "They have not dominated the last four years… but here, they crush everyone. Girls, especially, are four seconds ahead in the pursuit. It's good for them. Do they have a technology? A secret preparation? We have to do sports intelligence to know how they can be so strong." Perhaps, she added, they have "magic wheels".

The bad news for France is that Team GB stands to win three more golds in the velodrome today with Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott all tipped for glory.

Stand by for another fit of French pique.

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The French have a global reputation for their grapes........I didn't realise they were of the sour variety?!

Clearly, Bauge is plain cr** and cannot compete competitively without performance enhancers


Sour grapes make the loudest whines!

Outclassed, enough said

From the front Jason can easily fart in his general direction!

I knew I'd seen Harry and Hermione in the crowd! Good on you.Lol

Translation provided by Google translate,
Je savais que j'avais vu Harry et Hermione dans la foule! Bien sur vous! Lol

It would appear the French do not recognise British talent when they see it, but look for magic wheels or some infringements. Does that mean that's the way the French normally win?

What you got to realise is, this is the equivalent of Usain Bolt being beat in the 100m by a UK runner. That's why its suspicious.

sad so sad

Is it fair that the British cyclists are so good?
Is it fair that French footballers are better than British footballers?
Is it fair that Jamaican sprinters are so good?
Would it be fairer if everyone was the same and we all got winners medals?

Just tell the French it was the same technology we used at Agincourt, Trafalgar Waterloo etc British Guts

Kenny and the rest of the team have matured, from what was a good team 4 years a go to an excellent team now. The French have been static.... simple

lol, our 'Magic Wheels' are the same ones we used in 2008 ... oh, and made by in France :P

The French are bad losers,but now they are also pathetic with it,De Gualle would be proud of their audacity.

If De Gaulle was still around he would want the Brits out of the E.U.!! The French cannot stand being beaten and absolutely loathe being reminded about such defeats.

'How did you do it?' Kenny should have replied, ' .....because I don't do drugs!'

Same old French, the reason the Team GB beat you, is, YOU ARE JUST GOOD ENOUGH..END

Looks like the Brits have manged to conceal their drugs better than anyone else this year - get over it!

Except Kenny got silver at this year's worlds and gold in 2011 after Bauge was disqualified for drugs test offences. If anything it is like Yohan Blake beating Bolt... oh wait, that happened already this year!

This all coming from a previous french steroid cheater, "how could he beat me, i was pump full of steroids so i must be unbeatable"
Jason Kenny is the MAN!
you could be back in france in less than an hour, nothing here for you now you been beat, and as you cant be a gentleman about it and accept the better man won you may aswell **** off

excuse my french

He beat you because he is better than you at it you stupid French twerp

Just to allay the Frenchman's suspicions - and to show there's no hard feelings - Kenny should give Bauge a personal souvenir of the Olympics: a urine sample in a champagne bottle with a nice bow tied round it

It would be interesting to know the nationality of the commissaire in both of victoria pendleton's races that she was relegated from, it was the same guy!

M. Bauge...

Crecy 1346,
Azincourt 1415,
Waterloo 1815,
Londres 2012

...et la vous l'avez.

If Bauge has already been found guilty of drug infringements within the last 12 months, why is he already competing for medals in the Olympics? Do the French not enforce a disqualification period for cheats?
Previous posters are quite correct however, he can't believe that anyone "clean" could beat him - WRONG!!!

Simple, Kenny WON because YOU were not GOOD ENOUGH - move over "old man" and make way for the NEW GENERATION of BRITISH SPORTS STARS.

Is there a conspiracy here by the French? Questions from
Bauge, insinuations from Isabelle Gautheron and finally disqualifications from a French Commissaire for minor infringements. It makes you think!

If they don't like to lose then don't compete, simple.

Assholes, to avoid any technological advantage the bikes have to be on open sale, the british bikes have been on sale for four years and no one has shown any interest.

snails ................spring to mind snails andsore losers and one of which was stripped of a title last year due to failing to turn up for a drugs test
read it and weep french creapes ha ha ha

Jason Kenny , won because he's fitter and faster

ps ; and because no carpet tacks on the track!!!!!

tell the french to go drink some Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine vinegar !!! it's all sour grapes !!! The french always hate to be beaten....... I wonder why ??

So the VP disqualifier was also French. I thought Meres was a bully and forced VP out of lane..... not a very sporting way to win a top class race. Tell the Aussies to go home now !! They are as bad at losing as the French !!!

Mr Bauge....He beat you because he was better than you...get over it and man up! As for magic wheels.....I believe the wheels of the British bikes are made in France....so they should know exactly how magic they are!

Except the British team did well in the last Olympics, and have been performing well for years. GB does does well at the Velodrome is not really a shock.

Dude, Bauge smashed Kenny on April, 7th 2012, in 2 straight legs (2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships), that was only 4 MONTHS before the Olympics, not 4 years. Bauge also easily defeated Kenny at the WC 2011. In fact, Kenny had never beaten Bauge in his career. Bauge has dominated the sprint for 4 years and suddenly Kenny becomes no1? I don't see any maturation process here.

Sure, comparing the O.G with war, thanks for showing you understand the olympic spirit.

Yeah, Olympic games are like war!!!! Congrats, you got the Olympic spirit.

Yes, Bauge is a 9 times world champion and has completely dominated the sprint for the last 4 years...