5-time Olympic cycling champion says he was sexually groomed by coach at 13

5-time Olympic cycling champion says he was sexually groomed by coach at 13

Previous Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has disclosed he was sexually groomed by a mentor when he was 13 yrs previous.

The 5-time Olympic winner designed the allegation in an job interview with Men’s Wellness United kingdom magazine. He did not establish the mentor.

“I was groomed by a mentor when I was more youthful — I was about 13 — and I by no means absolutely accepted that,” claimed the 41-12 months-outdated Wiggins, who gained the Tour in 2012 and retired four many years later.

Asked if he was groomed sexually, Wiggins claimed: “Indeed. It all impacted me as an grownup. … I buried it,” preferring not to communicate out at the time due to the fact of a tough relationship with his stepfather.

Wiggins has formerly spoken about his childhood, which provided his father going for walks out on the family. His father was Australian bicycle owner Gary Wiggins, who died in 2008 subsequent a combat at a residence party.

Wiggins is a single of the most embellished British Olympians. He received 3 particular person gold medals and two group gold, the past of which was at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Online games. Wiggins received 8 medals in general.

British Cycling explained it was “deeply worried by the subject” and contacted Wiggins on Tuesday “to give our entire support.”

“We would persuade any person who has experienced abuse or has worries about the welfare of other individuals, no matter of when the incident took place, to benefit from the support supplied equally by our qualified crew at British Biking and the focused NSPCC helpline, which in flip helps us to assure that our sport is a protected and welcoming location for all.”