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Who is Laura Hartshorne?Meet Sir Bradley Wiggins’ new girlfriend

Jane Corscadden November 12, 2020
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Meet Laura Hartshorne, cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins’s new girlfriend. The pair was spotted out for the first time this week on a shopping trip in London. Here’s everything you need to know about Laura.

Who is Laura Hartshorne?

Laura Hartshorne is a freelance PR executive based in London.

She studied fine art at Leeds University before moving down to the capital.

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Before becoming self-employed, Laura worked as head of PR at Yumi International, a women’s clothing brand. She then moved on to the same role at SilkFred, a fashion website featuring clothing from independent brands.

She also co-founded a dog biscuit brand called Bark ‘n Bites, which sells on Etsy.

It’s believed Laura Hartshorne and Bradley Wiggins met through mutual friends.

Speaking to The Sun, a source close to Wiggins said: “Laura is no stranger to the celebrity scene given her job and she loves a good party, which fits in more with Bradley’s lifestyle now.

“It was never intended to turn into a relationship, but they formed a close emotional bond and things progressed from there.”

Who is Sir Bradley Wiggins?

Sir Bradley Wiggins is a British former professional road and track racing cyclist. He competed from 2001 to 2016 and is nicknamed Wiggo.

He’s from Kilburn in north west London and was born on 28 April 1980.

Wiggins was Britain’s first Tour de France winner in 2012. He is Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian with eight medals, just ahead of fellow cyclists Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny.

Wiggins stepped up to the podium at every Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to Rio 2016, collecting five Olympic gold medals. He announced his retirement from professional cycling in 2016.

Speaking of his retirement, he said: “I’ve been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12”.

Bradley married Catherine Wiggins in 2004 and they went on to have two children together. However, earlier this year the couple announced they were separating.

Wiggins announced his relationship with Laura Hartshorne six months after splitting from his wife.

How did Laura Hartshorne and Sir Bradley Wiggins meet?

Bradley initially kept his relationship with Laura out of the public eye but has now moved into Laura’s London home. It’s believed the pair met through mutual friends following his separation from wife Catherine.

Speaking to The Sun about his new relationship, Bradley said: “One thing I have realised over the last 12 to 18 months is I probably always used to put other people first. Thanks to a close circle of friends, I have been able to realise I also deserve my own happiness.

“Only by being happy can I be the best version of me and be able to help those nearest to me.”

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.