Bradley Wiggins "in shock" over father's death

"A time for reflection" for bereaved Olympic gold medallist

Top British professional cyclist Bradley Wiggins has released a short statement following the death of his father in Australia. The statement was released through Wiggin's Agents, MTC (UK) Ltd.

"I am sad and in shock at this time. We still don't know the full details of what happened, however I have every confidence that the authorities will get to the bottom of this out in Australia. Training had been going very well for the forth coming World Championships in Manchester and whilst this is a time for reflection I am also looking forward to rejoining my colleagues training out in California."

Gary Wiggins was found unconscious in Aberdeen, NSW on Friday morning and later died of head injuries in hospital. Police are treating his death as suspicious.

Although they had been estranged for some years, Gary Wiggins, himself a former professional cyclist, had closely followed his son’s achievements.

Gary Wiggins’ niece Kirsty Liszczak told The Sydney Morning Herald that while cleaning out Wiggins's flat on Monday, she found scrap books full of clippings of Bradley's deeds.

"He was extremely proud of him," she said.

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