British Cycling says it has contacted five-time Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins to offer him support following an interview in which he said that he was sexually groomed by a coach when he was a teenager.
"We are deeply concerned by the matter raised by Sir Bradley Wiggins and our safeguarding team has made contact with him today to offer our full support," a spokesperson said on behalf of British Cycling– the sport’s national governing body.
"We would encourage anybody who has suffered abuse or has concerns about the welfare of others — regardless of when the incident took place — to utilise the support offered both by our trained team at British Cycling and the dedicated NSPCC Helpline, which in turn helps us to ensure that our sport is a safe and welcoming place for all," the British Cycling spokesperson continued.
In an interview with Alastair Campbell for Men’s Health UK, Wiggins said that he had been groomed by a coach as a teenager.
When asked if he was groomed sexually, Wiggins said: "Yes. It all impacted me as an adult … I buried it.
"I was such a loner … I became so insular. I was quite a strange teenager in many ways and I think the drive on the bike stemmed from adversity," he said.
Wiggins was praised by Michelle North — Head of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit — for speaking out."It takes a lot of courage to speak out about sexual abuse and […]