Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from professional cycling

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed his retirement from professional cycling after a career which saw him claim five Olympic gold medals and become the first Brit to win the Tour de France.

The 36-year-old posted a statement on his Instagram page on Wednesday afternoon, accompanying a picture of his collected race jerseys, medals and trophies.

He wrote: ‘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.’

Sir Bradley Wiggins retires
Some of Wiggins medals

These are some of Wiggins’ achievements:

Britain’s most decorated Olympian with five gold medals in his haul of eight
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 – BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner
2012 – Velo d’Or winner (best cyclist of the year award)
2013 – knighted for services to cycling
2014 – world road time trial winner
2015 – sets world hour record on the track at 54.526km
2016 – wins eighth Olympic medal in Rio
Won eight world titles on the track and road


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