Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins says he was sexually groomed by coach as a teen


Cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins has opened up on how he was sexually groomed by a coach as a teenager and that he became a “loner” as he never fully accepted what happened

Bradley Wiggins has revealed he was sexually groomed as teen
Bradley Wiggins has revealed he was sexually groomed as teen

Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins has told how he was sexually groomed by a coach as a teenager.

And the 41-year-old cycling legend admitted he kept the ordeal from his stepdad Brendan and revealed it has had an impact on his adult life.

Sir Bradley said: “I was groomed by a coach when I was younger and I never fully accepted that.

“I was such a loner. I just wanted to get out of the ­environment. I became so insular. I was quite a strange teenager in many ways.”

He added that he felt he could not speak to family so buried his pain.






Sir Bradley has said how he didn’t come to terms with being groomed






He said how the experience led to him becoming a “loner”
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“It all impacted me as an adult,” he admitted. “I think the drive on the bike stemmed from adversity.”

Sir Bradley made the ­startling revelation in a Men’s Health UK interview about mental health with former Labour aide Alastair Campbell.

He also told how some of his problems stem from his father Gary, a professional cyclist who left the family when Sir Bradley was just two.






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His dad returned to Australia and later developed alcohol and drug addictions before being found murdered from a blow to the head. His killers have never been brought to justice.

Asked why he runs away from things in life, the ­five-times gold winner replied: “It was to do with my dad. Never getting answers when he was murdered in 2008.







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“He left us when I was little, so I met him for the first time when I was 18.

“We rekindled some kind of relationship but we didn’t speak for the last couple of years before he was murdered.

“He was my hero. I wanted to prove myself to him.”

Sir Bradley, who grew up in Kilburn, North West London, took up cycling aged 12 after watching the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Encouraged by mum Linda, he joined a club like his dad in the 70s.







Sir Bradley, who grew up in Kilburn, North West London, took up cycling aged 12
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Linda split up with Brendan, when her son was in his teens.

Dad-of-two Sir Bradley, who separated from wife ­Catherine in 2020, said he stopped enjoying life as a pro cyclist after winning the Tour de France and the London Olympics in 2012.

He added: “It was ­probably the unhappiest period of my life. Everything I did was about winning for other people, and the pressures that came with being the first British winner of the Tour.

“I was thrust into this fame and adulation that came with the success. It wasn’t really me.”

Sir Bradley gave up cycling in 2016 and studied for social work qualifications.

Men’s Health May edition is on sale from Wednesday.

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