Sir Bradley Wiggins – Team GB's most decorated Olympian of all time – has announced his retirement from professional cycling with immediate effect.
The 36-year-old won his fifth Olympic title and eighth medal at Rio this summer as he helped Team GB to gold in the team pursuit on the track.
Four years earlier Wiggins completed an historic double when he became Great Britain’s first-ever Tour de France winner before going onto claim the time trial Olympic gold on the road in London.
He also won Olympic gold on the track in Beijing – in both the team and individual pursuit – and won his first Olympic title back in 2004 in Athens in the individual pursuit.
However Wiggins has decided that the time is right to call time on his prolific career after achieving everything there is in the sport.
In a statement he said: “I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years.
“I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support.
“What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public through thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas.
“Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids.
“2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, ‘feet on the ground, head in the clouds’ kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'! They do now.”
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