Sir Bradley Wiggins has made a disclosure that he actually sees disgraced drugs cheat, Lance Armstrong as an icon.
Wiggins knows his decision to include Armstrong in a new book celebrating his cycling influences wasn’t going to prove popular.
The five-time Olympic gold medallist who in 2012 became the first Briton to win the Tour de France spoke to reporters.
He said: “I do have a relationship with him that I cannot deny or I cannot pretend it is not there.”
The 38-year-old’s new book, Icons, details 21 very important figures during Wiggins’ life and cycling career.
American Armstrong recovered from cancer before winning the Tour de France, a record seven straight occasion from 1999 to 2005.
However, he lost his titles, suffering ban from the sport for life from the United States Anti-Doping Agency in August, 2012.
Armstrong repeatedly denied doping allegations aftermath of making a return from cancer.
And that was until finally making a confession during a television interview with Oprah Winfrey in January of the year 2013.
The Times has now said that the inclusion of Armstrong has “astonished the world of cycling”.
While on the other hand, the Daily Mail said Wiggins was “praising the drug cheat Armstrong”.
Wiggins’ says his description of Armstrong is not about “praising” a drugs cheat.
He also believes that Armstrong’s character and resilience on the bike makes him an icon in cycling.
And that is the case regardless of the biggest scandal to hit the sport.
Wiggins not condoning what Lance did
“I am not condoning for one minute what Lance did,” Wiggins said at an event at his official book tour.
“From the angle I wrote this book at, I could not not include him in it.
“In terms of how I feel, I am not asking anyone to agree with me.
“But you cannot change the way someone made you feel.
“At the end of the day, we are all human.
“And if someone asks me now, I am going to tell them what I think, I haven’t got an agenda.
“I am not in a team and not everyone is going to like it,” he concluded.