(REUTERS) – British Cycling mentioned on Tuesday (April 19) that its safeguarding group had reached out to Bradley Wiggins after the five-gold Olympic champion alleged that he was sexually groomed by a coach when he was 13.
The retired 41-year-old made the claims in an interview with Men’s Health UK journal and mentioned the abuse had an impression on him as an grownup. He didn’t title the coach.
“I was groomed by a coach when I was younger – I was about 13 – and I never fully accepted that,” Wiggins, who gained the Tour de France in 2012 and a world championships gold in 2014, mentioned.
In an announcement to Reuters, British Cycling mentioned: “We are deeply involved by the matter raised by Sir Bradley Wiggins and our safeguarding group has made contact with him at the moment to supply our full support.
“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.”
Wiggins, who gained eight Olympic medals in all earlier than retiring from the game in 2016, added that he didn’t point out the ordeal earlier as a result of he had a tough relationship along with his stepfather.