Leave the children alone

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins

SIR Bradley Wiggins has revealed his children were bullied following the Lance Armstrong drugs scandal so much that they had to be moved to another school.

Speaking to the Telegraph from Team Sky’s training camp in Majorca, the cyclist said his two children, Ben and Isabella, were “harassed” by classmates accusing their dad of also being a drug cheat.

As Wiggins, whose wife hails from Shevington, became the first Brit to win the Tour De France in 2012,

But Armstrong’s admission that he doped during all seven of his Tour de Franc wins tarnished Britain’s cycling reputation.

He said: “That (Tour de France win) changed everything,

“I left home pretty much unknown and came home the most famous man in the country for that week.

“It was hard for me and the family. It affected them as well. The Lance Armstrong thing in January (2013)- my kids started getting harassed at school. ‘Is your dad on drugs? He won the Tour. Is he the same as Lance Armstrong?’

“My son was getting bullied at school. I had to move my kids from that school and move them to another.

“Horrendous stuff. Horrible.

“I felt responsible for that and it all added to my unhappiness at the time.”

But Wiggins admitted that now his life “feels like a complete contrast”, adding: “I feel much more comfortable in my own shoes now.”

The Olympic gold medalist is aiming to win the Paris-Roubaix this spring.