Gary Wiggins


Gary Wiggins

Infobox Cyclist
ridername = Gary Wiggins


image_caption =
fullname = Gary Wiggins
nickname = The Doc [cite web| url=http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=5635| title=PEZ Remembers: Gary Wiggins| publisher=PezCycling News| date=1 February 2008]
dateofbirth = birth date|1952|11|20
dateofdeath = death date and age|2008|1|25|1952|11|20
country = AUS
height =
weight =
currentteam =
discipline = Track & Road
role = Rider
ridertype = Six-day
amateuryears = 1976
amateurteams = Archer Road Club
proyears = 1976–1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1983
1984
1985–1987
proteams = Falcon (GBR)
Harry Quinn - Galli (GBR)
Marc Zeepcentrale - Superia (BEL)
Marc - V.R.D. (BEL)
Fangio - Sapeco - Mavic (BEL)
Galli - Shimano
Aernoudt - Rossin (BEL)
Kotter (GER)
Fangio - Ecoturbo (BEL)
Marc - Ecoturbo (BEL)cite web| url=http://www.cyclingwebsite.net/coureurfiche.php?coureurid=9575| title=Gary Wiggins| publisher=Cycling Website]
majorwins =
updated = 8 June 2008

Gary Wiggins (20 November 1952–25 January 2008)cite web| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7217781.stm| title=Biker's father dies in Australia| publisher=BBC News| date=30 January 2008] [cite web| url=http://www.cyclebase.nl/?lang=en&news=en&pc=normal&page=renner&id=18163| title=Gary Wiggins| publisher=Cycle Base] was an Australian professional cyclist, specialising in six-day racing, and the father of British professional Bradley Wiggins.

He represented his country several times at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships. He won the gold medal and the world champion's rainbow jersey in the kilo and team pursuit in Venezuela in 1977, also winning silver in the 15km scratch race. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1976 and began racing as an amateur as member of the Archer Road Club, before moving to Ghent, Belgium, where his son was born in 1980.cite web| url=http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/wiggins-fathers-death-suspicious-australian-police-14297| title=Wiggins’ father’s death suspicious: Australian police| publisher=Cyclingnews.com |author=Gerard Knapp|year=2008] Wiggins returned to Australia when his marriage to Bradley's mother, Linda, broke down three years later. Wiggins was to have no contact with his son, who returned to London with his mother, for 14 years. [cite web| url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4159/is_20030223/ai_n12735173| title=Cycling: Boardman's back - as an inspiration| author=Simon O'Hagan| publisher=The Independent on Sunday| date=23 February 2003]

On 25 January 2008, Wiggins was found unconscious at about 7.00am, in Segenhoe Street, Aberdeen, New South Wales. He was taken to Muswellbrook Hospital nearby before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, where he later died.

Palmarès

;1976:10th Chequers Grand Prix

;1977:8th Tour of Essex

;1979:3rd Dentergem (BEL)

;1980:3rd Belsele (BEL):2nd Eeklo (b) (BEL):3rd Zele (b) (BEL):2nd Sinaai (BEL):2nd Petegem-aan-de-Leie (BEL):4th Madison, European Track Championships

;1981:3rd Beringen (BEL):1st Eeklo (b) (BEL):1st Melle (BEL):4th Circuit Escaut-Durme:6th Omloop van Brecht

;1982:3rd Dentergem (BEL):3rd Westrozebeke (BEL)

;1983:3rd Essen (GER):2nd Madison, European Track Championships:3rd Petegem-aan-de-Leie (BEL):1st Madison, Trexlertown (with Brian Tilley) (USA)

;1984:2nd Bremen, Six Days (GER):1st Madison, European Track Championships (with Tony Doyle):2nd Grenoble, Six Days (FRA):2nd Ulm (GER):1st Nienburg (GER):2nd Petegem-aan-de-Leie (BEL)

;1985:1st Bremen, Six Days (GER) (with Tony Doyle):2nd Madison, European Track Championships (with Tony Doyle):3rd München, Six Days (GER):1st Stage 2 Griffin 1000 West (AUS):1st Stage 4 Griffin 1000 West (AUS)

;1986:2nd Launceston, Six Days (AUS)

References

Persondata
NAME=Wiggins, Gary
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Racing cyclist
DATE OF BIRTH=1952-11-20
PLACE OF BIRTH=Yallourn, Australia
DATE OF DEATH=2008-01-25
PLACE OF DEATH=John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


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