January 21 - Four-time Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is involved in a complex legal battle with his former management company over earnings from his contract with Team Sky and his 2012 Tour de France victory.
The MTC agency is suing Sir Bradley in the High Court for commission on his deal with Team Sky, reportedly worth £4 million ($6.7 million/€4.9 million) plus a £1 million ($1.7 million/€1.2 million) bonus in the event of him winning the 2012 Tour de France.
MTC billed Sir Bradley for £741,000 ($1.2 million/€900,000) commission on that deal, which he allegedly refused to pay.
Sir Bradley, the first Briton to win the tour De France with victory in 2012, then terminated his agreement with MTC and has issued a counter-claim against the company for around £809,000 ($1.35 million/€981,700), accusing it of trying to charge fees it was not entitled to on his personal income from cycling and having a disorganised accounting system
The company, he claims, did not act as his exclusive agent and failed to account to him properly for money it received.
There was no written agreement with the firm, according to the cyclist.
MTC claims it agreed to act as his sole agent in exchange for 20 per cent of his gross income from TV appearances and sponsorship deals.
Sir Bradley disputes this, claiming the agency was only entitled to commission on contracts it had negotiated for him, and that for the first four years, he and his wife, friends or agents acting for free also negotiated contracts for him.
After his success at the 2008 Beijing games, Sir Bradley allegedly asked MTC's managing director Jonathan Marks to act for him over his move to Team Sky.
Three years later it is claimed that he asked Marks to renegotiate his deal with the team.
Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford allegedly told Marks in a phone call that Sir Bradley had been offered up to £4 million ($6.7 million/€5 million) a year, plus a £1 million ($1.7 million/€1.2 million) bonus, if he won the 2012 Tour de France.
MTC claim that the details of their agreement with Sir Bradley means that they are entitled to receive around £741,000 ($1.2 million/€900,000) as a share of his improved earnings, and therefore invoiced him for the required amount.
Sir Bradley denies he asked MTC to provide further services, and says the company was only entitled to 20 per cent of net income from contracts it negotiated.
At the beginning of last year, Sir Bradley's lawyers wrote to MTC, suspending its authority to act for him and his charitable foundation.
The agency claims this amounted to a repudiation of their agreement and entitled them to sue for damages.
Sir Bradley seeks declarations that MTC is not entitled to commission on his Team Sky bonus and contracts, and an order stopping MTC from using his image and referring to him on their website and adverts.
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