Former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins has told how he was sexually groomed at the age of 13. Wiggins, now 41, is considered one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes, becoming the first cyclist from these shores to win the marquee race back in 2012.
Months later, he became the first cyclist in history to win the race in France and Olympic Gold in the same year, winning the time trial event at the London games. That would prove just one of eight Olympic career medals, five of them gold.
Wiggins retired in 2016 following the Six Days of Ghent race, but has now opened up further on his harrowing childhood. In an interview with Men’s Health UK magazine, he said he’s never “fully accepted” what happened and explained why he didn’t feel he could confide in anyone.
“I was groomed by a coach when I was younger – I was about 13 – and I never fully accepted that,” he said. When asked to confirm if the grooming was of a sexual nature, he said: “Yes. It all impacted me as an adult – I buried it.”
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