Bradley Wiggins retires from cycling

Former Tour de France champion and multiple Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling.

The 36-year-old, who became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in 2012, said he retires knowing he fulfilled his childhood dream of making a career out out of his beloved sport.

"I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years," he said.

"2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards. Kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic golds and the Tour de France! They do now."

Aside from his Le Tour triumph, Wiggins is also Britain's most decorated Olympian, capturing five gold medals and eight medals in all.

He also secured eight world titles on the road and track and set the world record for the furthest distance ridden in one hour at 54.526km.

"What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living," Wiggins added.

"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."

There was also some controversy in Wiggins' career. In September 2016, a hacking group known as 'Fancy Bears' leaked a number of athletes' confidential medical records – Wiggins' included – which saw his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) come under scrutiny.

Bradley Wiggins career highlights 

2000 – wins first Olympic medal, bronze in Sydney
2004 – first Briton to win three Olympic medals at same games since 1964
2008 – wins two gold medal at Beijing Olympics
2012 – first British winner of Tour de France
2012 – wins time trial gold at London 2012
2012 – Velo d'Or winner (best cyclist of the year award)
2013 – receives knighthood
2014 – world road time trial winner
2015 – sets world hour record on the track at 54.526km
2016 – wins UK-record eighth Olympic medal with gold in team pursuit at Rio