Five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling aged 36.
The 2012 Tour de France winner said he had fulfilled a “childhood aspiration” of making a career out of the 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.”
Wiggins became Britain’s most decorated Olympian in August when he won the team pursuit gold on the track in Rio, his fifth gold and eighth Olympic medal.
He 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.
However, his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), has come under scrutiny after his confidential medical information was leaked by hackers ‘Fancy Bears’ in September 2016.
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