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Bradley Wiggins’ charity comes under scrutiny

Bradley Wiggins Foundation criticised as it is unclear where donations are being spent

Reporting by Trevor Ward

Sir Bradley Wiggins’s charitable foundation has come under fire for using public donations to fund its sponsorship of professional women’s cycling team Wiggle-Honda.

The Bradley Wiggins Foundation — launched in a blaze of publicity two years ago on the back of his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs — has also been criticised for late payment of invoices after its first event, the ‘Ride With Brad’ sportive, held in Lancashire in August 2012, failed to sell out.

Meanwhile, supporters who contributed thousands of pounds to the Foundation have been left in the dark about how their money is being spent, while other potential donors have had emails and letters ignored.

When contacted by Cycling Weekly, a spokesman for Wiggins said: “Both the Foundation and Brad personally have made payments to Wiggle-Honda in the last two years, and there have also been other payments to various other young cyclists by the Foundation.”

He declined to comment further regarding the amounts involved or other claims about the Foundation, which is a registered charity.

None of the payments to Wiggle-Honda Women’s Pro-Cycling Team is recorded under the Foundation’s activities at the website of the Charity Commission, which regulates the work of charities in England and Wales. The Foundation’s first set of accounts is not due to be published until February 2015.

“The Foundation’s stated aims were to help underprivileged kids, not professional athletes, so is this really something it should be doing?” asked one supporter, a Manchester music promoter who asked not to be named.
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