• Cath and Bradley Wiggins have announced their separation (Getty Images South America)Source: Getty Images South America
The couple announced their separation after 16 years of marriage in a joint statement.
Cycling Central

19 May 2020 - 3:31 PM  UPDATED 19 May 2020 - 4:02 PM

2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and his wife Cath both posted the announcement earlier this morning (AEST) on their Instagram stories.

Bradley also posted the news to his Twitter account. 

A fierce supporter of Bradley while he raced, Cath Wiggins' infamous war of the tweets with Chris Froome's partner Michelle is stuff of legend.

In 2012, Michelle expressed frustration that Chris was ordered to wait for Sir Bradley on a climb. In a later-deleted tweet, she wrote: "Team work is also about giving the people around you, that support you, a chance to shine in their own right."

Cath responded with praise for Sky team mates Michael Rogers and Richie Porte for their "genuine, selfless effort and true professionalism" - omitting Chris.

The future wife of the now four-time Tour de France champion replied: "If you want loyalty, get a Froome dog a quality I value although being taken advantage of by others!" Michelle reignited the feud in 2013 slamming Bradley Wiggins for not sending a message of congratulations to Chris for winning the Tour that year. 

Cath Wiggins appeared to get the last barb in when she called Chris Froome a "slithering reptile" in a quickly deleted Facebook post in December 2017 after Froome's adverse analytical finding for salbutamol was made public. She also appeared to wonder if Brad was perhaps thrown under the bus for Froome. 

She was referring to the cloud over her husband's reputation after it emerged via the Russian, Fancy Bears hack in late 2016 he had successfully received therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for Kenacort - a corticosteroid - most notably before the 2012 Tour de France he won. Wiggins was also the subject of the Jiffy Bag scandal where steroids were allegedly delivered to him at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. 

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Wiggins denied any wrongdoing saying he used the injections to treat allergies. 

Froome seemed to suggest at the time - before his own adverse analytical finding - he was uncomfortable with Wiggins' TUEs as he didn't believe in a "win at all costs" approach. 

"It is clear the TUE system is open to abuse and I believe this is something the UCI and WADA need to urgently address," he said. 

Bradley admitted in 2018 the scandal took its toll on his personal life and especially on his wife. 

"You end up saying to your kids: ''Just tell them to f****** do one.'' They do and it's your kids in trouble," he told the Guardian. 

'Then the BBC show up on your doorstep and you can't take your kids to school. You tell the BBC, ''I can't talk to you, because there's an investigation.''

"What I should have done is murder someone because then I’d have had proper rights. I’d have had more rights as a murderer.

"You watch your family suffer, and it’s terrible. It nearly killed my wife. She ended up in rehab over it.

"You couldn’t say that at the time because you’ve asked for it, because you’ve won the Tour de France. No, I didn’t ask for that actually. I only asked for a fair trial."

As he has settled into his analyst role with Eurosport over the past couple of seasons, Bradley has also cleared up much of the bad air that lingered between he and his former team and Froome. 

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