“You’ll Never Be as Good” – 43-Year-Old British Cyclist Recalls Triumphing Over Hurtful Jabs From Father to Cultivate Olympic and Tour de France Titles

Published 12/09/2023, 10:10 AM EST

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Seizing an illustrious career in pro cycling championships, a 43-year-old racer recently shared his candid tale. In the scorching August of 2012, Bradley Wiggins etched his name in the history of Olympic gold medals, followed by winning Tour de France that same year. However, this triumph had some hurdles in the way. 

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While his epic feats remain unparalleled to this day, Wiggins earned appreciation from many in cycling games, but sadly, not everyone. His absent father, who was a cycling professional himself, had resurfaced during his son’s teenage years, basking in Bradley’s victories. However, all he wanted was to hurl a cruel barb at the young soul, but gladly, it did not stop Wiggins from weaving a glorious career. 

Former cycling champion discouraged by relative’s coldness 

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Hailing from Ghent, Wiggo was born to Australian cycling enthusiast Gary and his partner Linda in 1980. While representing his nation on several world track tournaments, his father had become a champion in time trails. When he separated from his family in 1982, Bradley’s mother took him to the UK, raising the future racer in North West London’s council estates. 

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While Garu never imagined his superstar son could ever surpass his cycling records, he came across Bradley’s name in a sports magazine when the latter was 17. Hoping to win company of the young cyclist’s success, his father eventually met him when he was 19 years old, but not to create an affirmative memory. 

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Apparently, their momentous meeting in Belgium turned sour when Gary whispered some cutting words in the cycling icon’s ears, remarking, “Just don’t forget, you’ll never be as good as your old man.” While the haunting experience steered Bradley’s pursuit of excellence, he marvelously extinguished this doubt planted by his long-lost father.

Motivated persistence secures golden scores 

His prodigious talent soon became evident, endorsed by Bradley’s late grandfather, who wagered on the athlete’s win at the prestigious Tour de France. During his illustrious 15-year career, Wiggins became a cycling legend, clinching four world titles and an impressive eight Olympic medals. 

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With five golds in these games, he also left an indelible trail as Bradley marked the first stance for British players. Confessing his shortcomings, the cycling icon was recorded in a media exchange, now as Sir Bradley and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

While admitting to having no recollection of standing on the Champs-Elysees podium, he remembered sticking out his tongue at the Rip Olympics, his sole memory from it. Epitomizing the resilience forged from adversities, the cycling sensation showcased transforming his pain into a relentless pursuit of greatness. 

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As Bradley Wiggins hangs up his cycling shoes, his legacy transcends medals and victories, highlighting the sheer will to triumph against all odds. From the specter of a father’s disdainful words to the heights of Olympic and Tour de France, the British athlete shone through his personal and professional battles! 

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