Everyone loves the story of a woman who stands behind her man. Catherine Wiggins (photos below) is in many ways the ideal athlete’s wife. She participated in a Twitter war of words with another WAG named Michelle Cound in order to defend her man, and then waited for him at the finish line where he received a warm embrace and kiss as the Tour de France winner.
So she is both a lover and a fighter. In the dog eat dog world of competitive cycling that seems to be just what a man needs, a tiger at home and a tiger in defense of his honor. On the other hand, Michelle Cound had a good point. Her boyfriend Chris Froome was probably the better racer at the tour but was told to hold up and wait for him. His cycling team had preordained that Bradley would finish first from their team, whereas the others would play a supporting role. That’s the way cycling works but it kind of sucks in this case as you can read about here and here.
Biography: Catherine Wiggins currently lives in Lancashire, England with her now-famous husband who is currently the toast of England. It seems that nobody from jolly Old England had won the event since King George was taming the colonies. She was born in 1981 which makes her 31 years old this year and just one year younger than her husband. The couple have two adorable little children, one boy and one girl which will make tandem bike riding easy for dad and mom. They just have to rent two.
You can read about Mrs. Wiggins scary encounter with thieves earlier in 2012 here. A souvenir medal from the Beijing Olympics was stolen, something that she highly cherished in the home as any wife would do. You can read the news report that she was raging about it (she is a passionate woman after all), but apparently mistook that the medal was his original Olympic one at first. Then, just as now, she tweeted her feelings in the moment.
Catherine’s Twitter page is here which is the subject of much controversy in the cycling world this past week. Biking has never been known to be a gentleman’s sport, like say cricket, but all decorum was tossed out the window during this tour. But hopefully time will heal the rift between the two women, as their men did finish 1-2 in the event this year which is an amazing feat indeed.
We’ll leave our readers with one of Catherine Wiggins’ final tweets after the race was over. “Right everyone I am calling it. Operation drink as much champagne as you can. GO.”
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