Olympic cycling champion Sir Bradley Wiggins revealed he was sexually harassed by a coach when he was only 13 years old. The 2012 Tour de France winner and three-time Olympic gold medalist said he didn’t feel he could speak at the time due to a difficult relationship with his stepfather.
Speaking to Men’s Health UK magazine about his allegations, Wiggins said: “I was harassed by a coach when I was younger – I was about 13 – and never fully accepted it. All of that impacted me as an adult, I removed it. My stepfather was quite violent with me. I was such a loner … I just wanted to get out of the environment. I isolated myself. I was a rather strange teenager in many ways and I think cycling was born out of these adversities.
Wiggins confided that he spent much of his life trying to understand his relationship with his father, Australian cyclist Gary Wiggins, who abandoned the family when Bradley was young and who died in 2008 following a fight at a party. in home.
“I never got any answers when he was murdered in 2008. He left us when I was little, I first met him when I was 18. We rekindled some sort of relationship but then we haven’t talked for the last two years before we got murdered. He was my hero. I wanted to test myself with him. He was a good cyclist, he could be really good, but he wasted his talent. He was an alcoholic, quite a violent manic depressive, and in those days he was taking a lot of amphetamines and sports drugs. ‘