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by Mark Zalewski
July 29, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cort wins uphill sprint in Tour of Denmark, stage 2; Mestre wins sprint on stage 1 of Vuelta a Portugal; Mareczko adds second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; Rio Olympics: UCI pursuing 3 possible Russian doping cases but will allow 11 others to compete; Brian Cookson Interview: Team size revision, Tour anti-doping, disc-brake ban and more; Reengineering the Tour de France; Pro cyclist group pushes back against WorldTour reforms; Questions raised over Wiggins’ charity; Sources: Roche to BMC; Rio athletes could face troubles with unofficial sponsors; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 9 highlights; Best of on-board cameras with Team Sky; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 5
An investigation by the Daily Mail has found that Bradley Wiggins’ charity, founded to support underprivileged youth participation in sport, instead gave money to high-profile national teammates and his son’s rugby team.
The investigation also revealed that of the £345,000 (€409,789) donated by fans to The Bradley Wiggins Foundation, so much was spent on operating expensesm like producing the very fundraising events to raise the money, that only £58,000 (€68,892) remained for charitable grants. Two fundraising events lost the charity almost £30,000 (€35,633).
Grants were given to Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell — among the best-known stars of British cycling, even though they already receive support from both National Lottery and sponsorship funds.
When asked the charity refused to say how much of the £58,000 of donors’ money was given to the three top cyclists but the Mail was told it amounted to at least half of that total. Some of the money was also used to buy new kits for Sir Bradley’s son’s rugby team.
In 2012, £150,000 (€178,169) was raised on ticket sales for the lavish fundraising ‘Yellow Ball’ in London, which included a five-course meal, free-flowing alcohol and live music — but the high expenses for the event meant the money raised went to event organisers rather than the charity.
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