Yellow jerseys, gold medals and shades of grey

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It is a graphic artist's reimagining, the cyclist's eyebrows forming the handlebars of a bike, his nose the front forks, his grin the curved road under the wheel.

It has been there since 2012, and it is there as a representation of everything that happened in that wonderful sporting year - the London Olympics, that record medal haul, the sense of national giddiness and joy that came with it all.

Wiggins embodied it like no-one else: celebrating his Tour de France victory on the Champs-Elysees by talking about drawing the raffle tickets, walking out at the Olympic opening ceremony in yellow to bring the place down, lounging in a throne at Hampton Court Palace after winning time-trial gold.

British to the core yet different to anything seen before, the definition of an undemonstrative nation's new swagger and confidence.

And then some of that golden glow began to fade, and darker shades begin to leak in. For the past 18 months, Benjamin Watson Jersey as allegations and revelations have piled up, one friend has marked each visit by pointing at the print and raising his eyebrows. "Still got that poster up?"

I looked at it again on Monday morning, as the implications of the Digital Culture, Media and Sport committee's report into doping in British sport began to spread, as the Sun newspaper, which had marked Wiggins' Tour de France triumph with cut-out-and-keep stick-on sideburns, screamed "WIGGO DOPING SHOCK" in maximum point size on its front page.

Belief takes a while to build and it never fades quickly. Nuance gets lost in big headlines and confusion soon follows.

A knock on the door, a visit from my 83-year-old neighbour. "What's this about Wiggins being a dope cheat? Does this involve all the Brits?"

You try to turn the grey areas black and white, to make clear the murky rules that Pekka Rinne Youth jersey were in place around therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) and explain the difference between legal medicines used unethically and banned medicines used illegally. You say, no, this does not involve every British cyclist, and that there are thousands of clean athletes out there.

The neighbour wants a certainty you can't provide. Is Wiggins a good man or a bad guy? You try to tell him that athletes can be both. Good people do bad things.

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