Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling, saying he had been “lucky enough to live a dream”.
The 36-year-old said in a statement: “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.”
Sir Bradley added: “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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In addition to his Olympic medals, won in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio, and his Tour de France triumph, Wiggins won seven world titles.
Nicknamed ‘Wiggo’, he is the only cyclist to have won world and Olympic gold medals on both track and road.
He was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in December 2013.