Sir Bradley Wiggins: Why Lance Armstrong is still an icon to me


Wiggins (left) competed against Lance Armstrong as a young rider

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he knows his decision to include disgraced drugs cheat Lance Armstrong in a new book celebrating his cycling influences was never going to prove popular.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist, who in 2012 became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, said: “I do have a relationship with him that I can’t deny, or I can’t pretend it isn’t there.”

The 38-year-old’s new book, Icons, details 21 key figures during Wiggins’ life and cycling career.

American Armstrong recovered from cancer before winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.

However, he was stripped of his titles and banned from the sport for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in August 2012.

Armstrong repeatedly denied doping allegations following his return from cancer until finally confessing during a television interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

The Times said the inclusion of Armstrong has “astonished the world of cycling”