Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France yellow jersey set to hang in Hampstead home of ex-manager
PUBLISHED: 11:34 03 August 2012
The former personal manager of Olympic and Tour de France cycling hero Bradley Wiggins is all set to receive the cyclist's coveted yellow leader jersey and bring it home to Hampstead.
Richard Allchin, who runs the Hampstead-based publishing firm Sport and Publicity, worked with the cyclist for seven years and sponsored him until he turned professional – cementing a lasting friendship.
So no-one was more emotional when “The Kilburn Kid” became the first British man to win the Tour de France in Paris.
Throughout the years, Mr Allchin has been given a number of Wiggins’ jerseys – including the skin suit he wore to win bronze at his first Olympics in Sydney in 2000.
The jerseys are framed and on display at the businessman’s house in Fitzjohn’s Avenue, Hampstead.
Now he expects to be adding a new memento from the Tour victory to the collection.
“Bradley said that he’d bring me a leader jersey,” said Mr Allchin. “His wife told me to expect something yellow when he gets back from the Olympics!”
He revealed that the celebrated cyclist was slightly less well known in his Hampstead days and they enjoyed a drink together at The Flask pub in Hampstead.
“He was so dedicated to his cycling – he didn’t have much time for anything else,” he explained.
“I was a lot older than him but he used to call me to go to the pub. He didn’t have friends who were close to him but he knew I was always interested in cycling.”
Mr Allchin also spoke of the Tour de France champion’s reaction when they were on an evening cycle ride and Wiggins discovered two of his cycling idols used drugs.
The issue was something Wiggins was outspoken on due, in part, to the death of his father, a professional cyclist who was known to use performance enhancing drugs.