Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins has revealed he was sexually groomed by a trainer when he was 13.
The five-time Olympic champion made the allegation in an interview with Men’s Health UK magazine. He did not identify the coach.
“I was groomed by a trainer when I was younger – I was around 13 – and I never fully accepted that,” said Wiggins, 41, who won the Tour in 2012 and has retired four years later.
When asked if he had been sexually groomed, Wiggins replied: “Yes. It all affected me as an adult. … I buried it”, preferring not to speak at the time. time due to a difficult relationship with his stepfather.
Wiggins has previously spoken of his childhood, during which his father left the family. Her father was Australian cyclist Gary Wiggins, who died in 2008 following a fight at a house party.
Wiggins is one of Britain’s most decorated Olympians. He has won three individual gold medals and two team gold medals, the last of which was at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Wiggins has won eight medals in total.