Sir Bradley Wiggins has alleged he was sexually groomed by a trainer when he was 13. Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France and a three-time Olympic champion, said he had “buried” what had happened because he had no one to turn to at the time.
“I was groomed by a trainer when I was younger – I was around 13 – and I never fully came to terms with that,” Wiggins said in an interview with Men’s Health UK magazine about his experiences. allegations. Asked if he had been groomed sexually, the 41-year-old added: “Yes. It all got to me as an adult…I buried it.
Wiggins said he was unable to confide in his father as he used to beat and criticize him for wearing cycling clothes. “My stepdad was pretty violent with me, he used to call me a fag because I was wearing lycra and stuff, so I didn’t think I could tell him,” he said. “I was so lonely. I just wanted to get out of the environment. I became so insular. I was quite a weird teenager in a lot of ways and I think riding the bike stemmed from adversity.
Wiggins opened up about depression and a difficult childhood, but made the new revelation in the Alastair Campbell interview for the May issue of Men’s Health, which goes on sale Wednesday.
He also admitted he had spent much of his life trying to figure out his relationship with his father, Australian cyclist Gary Wiggins, who left the family when Bradley was young and died in 2008 following a a fight at a house party. “It was definitely because of my dad,” Wiggins said when asked what he tried to run from in his life. “I never got any answers when he was murdered in 2008. He left us when I was little, so I first met him when I was 18. We rekindled a sort of relationship, but we didn’t speak for the last two years before he was murdered.
“He was my hero. I wanted to prove my worth to him. He was a good cyclist – he could have been really good – but he was a wasted talent. He was an alcoholic, a manic-depressive, quite violent and he was taking a lot of amphetamines and drugs at the time.
Wiggins also admitted he struggled to cope with the pressures of fame that came with winning the Tour and the Olympic time trial in 2012. “After winning the Tour de France and then winning the Games Olympics, life was never the same again. ,” he said. “I was immersed in that fame and adulation that came with success…I’m an introverted, private person. I didn’t know who ‘me’ was, so I adopted a kind of veil – kind of rock star veil It wasn’t really me… It was probably the most unhappy time of my life.
“All I did was win for others and the pressures that came with being Britain’s first Tour winner. I really struggled with that.