British Cycling offers ‘full support’ to Sir Bradley Wiggins's over-grooming claim

British Cycling has offered its “full support” to Sir Bradley Wiggins after he revealed he was sexually groomed by a coach when he was 13 years old.

The 2012 Tour de France winner and five-time Olympic champion told Men’s Health UK magazine 

Wiggins, 41, said: “I was groomed by a coach when I was younger – I was about 13 – 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 and I think the drive on the bike stemmed from adversity.”

Wiggins made the revelation in an interview with Men’s Health ‘Talking Heads’ columnist Alastair Campbell in the May issue of the magazine, which goes on sale on April 20.

British Cycling issued a statement on Tuesday offering support to Wiggins.

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,” the statement read.

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