Bradley Wiggins is embarking upon a degree in social work as he looks for a long term career post-cycling.
Taking the cover slot in the Big Issue magazine (opens in new tab), Wiggins revealed in his interview that he felt "detached" from his career in cycling.
Speaking to to the magazine, Wiggins said: “I don’t give a s**t about my cycling career now... I don’t want to live off the back of it."
The 39-year-old proved to be a popular commentator on the 2019 Tour de France in his role with Eurosport, and says he enjoyed his role as a pundit - something he'll perhaps continue with his upcoming 'Bradley Wiggins’ An Evening With… UK tour', starting in September.
“It took me a while to find myself, redefine myself, and come back to cycling without an ego. So now I can do the TV job, but I’ve also enrolled to do an open university degree in social work. I want to help people," he said.
Wiggins, who grew up in Kilburn, had a difficult relationship with his father.
“Those horrific things I saw when I was growing up ... nothing can shock me now, and I want to use that mental toughness working as a social worker. And when people say, ‘Oh you’re that cyclist’, I’ll say: ‘No, that was a few years ago. I’m a social worker now’" he said.
"I live off of being me, and I’m happy in my own skin. I’ve gone full circle, I watch it as a fan now. I don’t expect to be recognised or anything," said the presenter of 'The Bradley Wiggins show' podcast.
Wiggins found himself surrounded by controversy in 2016 when it was revealed that a mysterious package had been mailed to him from British Cycling and Sky’s headquarters in Manchester, to give to the team on the final day of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Commenting on what he called a “malicious witch hunt”, he said "the fact that I’m back working in the sport is testament to the fact that I did nothing wrong.
"The people who are responsible for what happened are now on a charm offensive but people aren’t stupid. I’m not angry though, I’ll be involved with cycling a lot longer than those people, because I love it.”
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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