British Cycling have sent a safeguarding team to reach out to Bradley Wiggins and offer their ‘full support’ after the Tour de France winner said he was sexually groomed by a coach when he was just 13 years old.
Wiggins won the 2012 Tour and secured Olympic gold medals at the Athens, Beijing, London and Rio Games to go down as one of the greatest athletes in British history.
British Cycling, the governing body of the sport in Britain, confirmed it had offered Wiggins support after his revelation. A spokesperson said: “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. Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins says he was sexually groomed by coach as a teen Cyclist smashes into barrier at high speed and goes flying in pile-up during sprint race “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.”
Wiggins spoke of the incident in an interview with Men’s Health UK, adding that he had ‘never fully accepted’ being groomed when he was 13. The 41-year-old spoke to columnist Alastair Campbell ahead of the May issue of the magazine.
When asked if he had […]