Cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins and his wife Cath are separating after 16 years of marriage.
The British Olympic star tweeted the sad news of the split last night and said their two children remained ‘a priority’.
The Olympian – who lives with the Trough of Bowland, north of Preston with Cath – wrote: ‘It is with deep sadness my wife Cath and I have decided to separate. Our two children remain our priority and we ask for privacy at this time. Brad & Cath.’
Wiggins is believed to have three children – Ben, Rebekah and Isabella – but only two were mentioned in the tweet.
The 2012 Tour De France winner’s role in the spotlight has hit his family life in the past with Cath – who has bipolar disorder – ending up in rehab after doping allegations levelled at him in 2016 ‘nearly killed’ her and made his life a ‘living hell’.
Russian hackers published medical records that revealed he had obtained a Therapeutic Use Exemption certificate (TUE) on three occasions to take triamcinolone, including before his historic 2012 Tour win.
Bradley and Cath live in a 1970s barn conversion. They first met in 1997 before reconnecting at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.