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Sir Bradley Wiggins says he feels ‘liberated’ after revealing he was sexually abused by his coach


Olympic cycling star Sir Bradley Wiggins said he feels ‘liberated’ after revealing he was sexually abused by his coach between the ages of 13 and 16. 

While backing an NSPCC campaign to help identify child sexual abuse victims, the Tour de France winner spoke bravely about being groomed, getting over cycling and why he would not change his past. 

The five-time Olympic gold champion, 42, achieved his life’s ambition in 2012 by winning the Tour de France, becoming the first British rider to do so. 

However, alongside the pressure that followed to repeat his success – and an injury which dissipated his ambitions – Wiggins realised cycling had in fact acted as a form of escape after he was sexually abused by his coach as a teenager. 

Olympic cycling star Sir Bradley Wiggins said he feels 'liberated' after revealing he was sexually abused by his coach between 13 and 16

Olympic cycling star Sir Bradley Wiggins said he feels ‘liberated’ after revealing he was sexually abused by his coach between 13 and 16

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

Wiggins told Men’s Health UK magazine: ‘I was groomed by a coach when I was younger – I was about 13 -…



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