‘Better than a yellow jersey’: Sir Bradley Wiggins claims free Wigan Warriors membership was highlight of 2012

By Mark Shales

A Tour de France yellow jersey or an Olympic gold medal is no match for a lifetime membership of Wigan Warriors admits rugby-mad cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Wiggins became the first ever Brit to win the world’s greatest bike race last year, just days before surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave’s tally of Olympic medals.

And despite capping off the year with a knighthood, the current BBC Sports Personality of the Year insists his recognition from the Warriors ranked above the lot.

“It (rugby league) is a fantastic sport for my own children to come and watch and be inspired by,” the Chorley-based star told Sky Sports.

“The biggest accolade I received last year was from Wigan Warriors and they made me a life member and I went so far as to have a tattoo on my arm to honour that.”

The Team Sky rider made the comments while filming a Super League promotion video that sees him overtaken on a Majorcan mountain road by Wigan fullback Sam Tomkins.


The pair continue up the winding pass before Wiggins can be heard saying how he wishes he could have been a rugby league player.


The 32-year-old‘s love of the game is well known after he was first taken to see the Warriors by his Wigan-based father-in-law.

Speaking on a previous Boots ‘n’ All special for Sky Sports, he said: “The thing that struck me the most was just how hard and how physical it was.

“It was a proper sport to the point where you sit in the stands, you get to hear the tackles.

“From a sport like cycling we think it’s dangerous at times with the crashes but it was no comparison really and it was inspiring, sitting there watching.”

Picture courtesy of Petit Brun, with thanks.

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