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British Cycling contact Sir Bradley Wiggins after he revealed coach sexually groomed him

British Cycling attain out to Sir Bradley Wiggins to supply ‘full help’ and ask if he needs to reveal the identification of the coach who sexually groomed him as a 13-year-old

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins stated he was sexually groomed by former biking coach at 13
  • He stated he stored quiet as his stepfather was ‘violent’ to him as a toddler 
  • British Cycling’s safeguarding group reached out to him to supply ‘full help’ 
  • Governing physique will ask Wiggins if he desires to reveal identification of the coach  

British Cycling have contacted Sir Bradley Wiggins after he revealed he was sexually groomed as a toddler – and have urged different riders who’ve suffered abuse to hunt assist.

Five-time Olympic champion Wiggins stated in an interview this week that he was groomed by a biking coach when he was 13 and that he ‘buried’ the ordeal as a result of he was afraid of telling his ‘violent’ stepfather.

Following the 41-year-old’s admission, British Cycling’s safeguarding group reached out to their former rider to supply their ‘full support’.

Sportsmail understands the governing physique will ask Wiggins if he needs to reveal the identification of the coach earlier than deciding whether or not to set off any subsequent motion.

British Cycling are additionally advising different victims of abuse to return ahead and converse to counsellors, whereas the NSPCC have counseled the 2012 Tour de France winner for his ‘courage’ and ‘bravery’.

‘We are deeply concerned by the matter raised by Sir Bradley Wiggins and our safeguarding team has made contact with him today to offer our full support,’ stated a British Cycling spokesperson.

‘We would encourage anybody who has suffered abuse or has concerns about the welfare of others – regardless of when the incident took place – to utilise the support offered both by our trained team at British Cycling and the dedicated NSPCC Helpline, which in turn helps us to ensure that our sport is a safe and welcoming place for all.’

Bradley Wiggins, 41, made the revelation that he was sexually groomed in Men's Health

Bradley Wiggins, 41, made the revelation that he was sexually groomed in Men’s Health

Wiggins became the first British rider to win the iconic Tour de France in 2012

Wiggins grew to become the primary British rider to win the enduring Tour de France in 2012

Wiggins’ revelation has additional highlighted points round safeguarding in sport following related high-profile incidents in athletics and gymnastics.

Michelle North, head of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit, stated: ‘It takes a lot of courage to speak out about sexual abuse.

‘Sir Bradley Wiggins has shown real bravery in revealing how he was groomed as a young cyclist by his coach who should have been protecting him.

‘Sports coaches hold a great deal of power and influence over the children in their care and can all too easily exploit this trust to groom and abuse them then emotionally manipulate, threaten and blackmail victims to prevent them from speaking out.

Bradley Wiggins at the Beijing Olympics with his gold medal after winning the Team Pursuit alongside Ed Clancy, Paul Manning and Geraint Thomas

Bradley Wiggins at the Beijing Olympics with his gold medal after winning the Team Pursuit alongside Ed Clancy, Paul Manning and Geraint Thomas

‘That’s why sports activities golf equipment and our bodies in any respect ranges want a strong strategy to safeguarding.

‘It’s widespread for victims to really feel guilt and disgrace or to even be unaware that they’re being abused.

‘Some may not come to accept it until decades later but nonetheless the impact can be devastating and long lasting.

‘We hope that Sir Bradley is receiving the support he needs and that by speaking out it will encourage others in a similar position to do the same and reassure them that they are not alone and people are ready to listen and help.’

Wiggins spoke to Men's Health UK magazine and said: 'I was groomed by a coach when I was younger - I was about 13 - and I never fully accepted that'

Wiggins spoke to Men’s Health UK journal and stated: ‘I used to be groomed by a coach once I was youthful – I used to be about 13 – and I by no means absolutely accepted that’

The 41-year-old is one of Great Britain's most successful athletes of all time

The 41-year-old is certainly one of Great Britain’s most profitable athletes of all time 

Wiggins made his revelation in an interview about psychological well being with former Labour spin physician Alastair Campbell in Men’s Health journal.

‘I was groomed by a coach when I was younger – I was about 13 – and I never fully accepted that,’ he stated.

‘It all impacted me as an adult. I buried it. My stepfather was quite violent to me, he used to call me a faggot for wearing Lycra and stuff, so I didn’t suppose I might inform him.

‘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 and I think the drive on the bike stemmed from adversity.’

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