By Agence France Presse
British cycling star Bradley Wiggins said on Thursday he was shocked by news that his father had been found dead in suspicious circumstances in Australia.
According to media reports here, 55-year-old Gary Wiggins was found to have died from a head injury after he was discovered unconscious in the street in the town of Aberdeen, north of Sydney, last Friday.
“I am sad and in shock at this time,” said his son in a statement. “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 forthcoming 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.”
Wiggins announced in November that he will not take part in this year’s Tour de France in order to concentrate on his quest for gold in the Beijing Olympics in August.
He has already won four Olympic medals including the pursuit gold in 2004.