Olympic cyclist has medal stolen

Bradley Wiggins and his wife Catherine
Bradley Wiggins and his wife Catherine

The wife of three-time Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is ‘raging’ after burglars broke into their property and stole his Beijing 2008 competitors’ souvenir medal.

Lancashire Police is currently investigating after being alerted on Monday to the break-in at the property in Eccleston, Chorley.

Catherine Wiggins tweeted: “Phone went on way back from rugby, Lancs Police informing me we’d been burgled.

“Brads participants medal from Beijing Olympics most ... distinctive thing taken so if anyone hears of it please inform police, who were brilliant this morning.

“Raging! That is all.

“To clarify, NOT Brads Olympic medals thank god, a participants souvenir one. Still unpleasant enough though.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We were called following a break-in on May 13 at 12.03pm. We think there is damage to the property. We are looking into it.”

The Guardian was unable to contact the couple before we went to print.

The break-in will come as a blow to Wiggins who last month won the Tour de Romandie in France.

The Team Sky racer has a busy summer ahead of him starting with the Tour de France on June 30.

He finished fourth in the competition back in 2009 equalling Rob Miller’s best ever performance by a British rider.

The 32-year-old will also be focussing on the Olympics when he takes part in the road time trial at Hampton Court on August 1.

Wiggins will be hoping to add to his medal tally of three golds at the Olympics in Beijiing and Athens, a silver in Athens in the team pursuit and two bronze in the madison and team pursuit in Athens and Sydney.