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Bradley Wiggins speaks candidly at city venue

Bradley Wiggins speaks candidly at city venue

by Henry James (October 2019)

AUDIENCES were able to hear Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Bradley Wiggins, speak candidly at The Auditorium at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool last week.

Wiggins was interviewed during the first part of the evening and then in the second half he took questions from members of the audience.

He discussed his early life and mentioned being born in Ghent in Belgium, and then brought up in London from the age of two.

The cyclist also mentioned he used to follow the career of Lance Armstrong when younger.

It was interesting that he had his gold medals in a plastic shopping bag and was almost dismissive of them. He said what was more important was the work he had to put in to win them. 

Wiggins called the medals just material objects and said that they did not make him a better person.

He mentioned that he was honoured to receive a knighthood, although, he wondered now if he should have accepted it.

There were some local references, Wiggins mentioned he had been involved with a Southport cycling club earlier in his career and he mentioned that Ashurst Beacon was a good place to train.

He said the highlight of his career was taking part in the London 2012 Olympics. He added that it was amazing to be competing in the capital, where he had grown up, and to see so many people lining the streets. 

In the second half, he answered questions on a number of different subjects, including musical tastes to his future plans. 8/10

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