Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France and gold medal in the London 2012 time trial, revealed in an interview with the British version of Men’s Health that he had been the victim of sexual exploitation in his teens. .
– I was sexually abused by a coach when I was young. I was 13 years old and I never accepted events. Yes, of course it affected my adult life, ”the former cyclist admitted.
In addition to the crime of being a victim of crime, Bradley Wiggins also said he had a difficult childhood: “My stepfather was very aggressive. I was called a guerrilla because the cycling outfit I was wearing was too tight. I thought I couldn’t say anything about what happened to me and I tried to forget it. I was a lonely child and felt lonely. Maybe that’s why I started cycling.
The former cyclist also recounted the grief suffered by the rejection of his biological father: “He was my hero and I wanted to show him what he was worth. I first met him when he was 18 and we have had a good relationship ever since. But I saw him before he died in 2008. He was a good cyclist but lost his ability.He struggled with depression and was addicted to drugs and alcohol.
For Wigginis, contrary to expectations, the victory in the Tour de France and the victory in the Olympic gold were achievements that did not have pleasant consequences: «« My life has changed completely. They dragged me to fame and I am a very closed person. In the years following the Tour de France victory, he did not even know who he was. I lived like a rock star and didn’t know myself. It was the happiest period of my life. Everyone was expecting me to win more, I felt more pressure and I had to fight it.