Britain's greatest cyclist Wiggins retires

Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement from professional cycling on Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a career that saw him become one of Britain's greatest sportsmen.

The 36-year-old became Britain's first Tour de France winner in 2012 and bows out with eight Olympic medals, including five golds, and seven world titles, across track and road cycling, to his name.

 

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"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," Wiggins said in a statement on the Facebook page of his Wiggins team.

 

"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."

 

Wiggins, nicknamed 'Wiggo', is Britain's most decorated Olympian and the only cyclist to have won world and Olympic gold medals on both track and road.

 

His other achievements include the world track hour record, set in June 2015, and wearing the leader's jersey in each of the three Grand Tour. He also jointly holds the world record in the team pursuit.

 

His finest hour came in 2012, when he followed up Tour de France success by winning time-trial gold at the 2012 Olympics in his home city of London.

 

"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.

 

"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."

 

Irreverent


Wiggins's statement was accompanied by a photograph of his medals and former team jerseys.

 

Born in Ghent, Belgium to an Australian cyclist father, Gary, and a British mother, Linda, Wiggins was raised in Kilburn, northwest London and would become an icon of British sport.

 

His 'mod' sideburns and irreverent public pronouncements made him a beloved figure and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II -- making him Sir Bradley -- in 2013.

 

He bowed out at the Six Day of Ghent, city of his birth, last month, having taken his tally of Olympic gold medals to five with victory in the team pursuit at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

 

But the final months of his career have been overshadowed by whispers about shady practices during his time with Team Sky, which coincided with the most successful period of his career.

 

It was revealed in September that he obtained therapeutic use exemptions for the banned substance triamcinolone shortly before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

 

He has denied wrongdoing and there is no suggestion he has broken any rules, but UK Anti-Doping is investigating.

 






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Long Wheel Base, Dec 28 2016 07:22

As much as I didn't like him a lot I will give credit where it is due. He really did have a great career with some serious results to his name. I always admired his ability to come from track to tdf winner.

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Patchelicious, Dec 28 2016 07:23

As much as I didn't like him a lot I will give credit where it is due. He really did have a great career with some serious results to his name. I always admired his ability to come from track to tdf winner.

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Then back again

bikebloke, Dec 28 2016 07:28

As long as he doesn't stage a comeback like some other world famous cyclist who we aren't allowed to mention anymore (and who if he hadn't staged that comeback would still be questionably the worlds greatest cyclist )

 

get going while the going is good maybe mmm.... :ph34r:

Morph, Dec 28 2016 07:33

Greatest TCHOP more like it. Won't miss the GIT one bit.

'Dale, Dec 28 2016 07:37

What a bike rider

There's a cloud of doubt

Still, what a bike rider ✅

bikebloke, Dec 28 2016 07:38

Greatest TCHOP more like it. Won't miss the GIT one bit.

 

oh wow so you have actually met him then

Tell us what he is really like then  ^_^

 

#goteamsky

ZakAttak, Dec 28 2016 07:40

Greatest TCHOP more like it. Won't miss the GIT one bit.


Quite the poet... 😂

Didn't like him.... but that's just me...

Kalahari Vegmot, Dec 28 2016 07:42

Interesting. One of the more ugly TDF winners, but a winner nontheless...

I wonder whether the whole TUE thing played a role

ZakAttak, Dec 28 2016 07:42

As long as he doesn't stage a comeback like some other world famous cyclist who we aren't allowed to mention anymore (and who if he hadn't staged that comeback would still be questionably the worlds greatest cyclist )

get going while the going is good maybe mmm.... :ph34r:


You talking about Marco Pantani? Did I say his name out loud.... oops my bad, or is it the the "other" famous cyclist whose name cannot be mentioned you talking about?

Bonus, Dec 28 2016 07:57

I didn't like or dislike him particularly. He was pretty good on a bike though :-)

rock, Dec 28 2016 08:07

any (great) british cyclists actually born in the UK?

Patchelicious, Dec 28 2016 08:13

If Brad, Lance, Pantani and Merckx all raced clean, who would be the greatest?

EmptyB, Dec 28 2016 08:15

If Brad, Lance, Pantani and Merckx all raced clean, who would be the greatest?


Merckx...

bikebloke, Dec 28 2016 08:25

If Brad, Lance, Pantani and Merckx all raced clean, who would be the greatest?

 

Merckx  (im biased cause ive met him but he is still the best)

 

#thecannibal

Kalahari Vegmot, Dec 28 2016 08:26

If Brad, Lance, Pantani and Merckx all raced clean, who would be the greatest?


Lance still wouldn't have 525 wins...

Wahoofish, Dec 28 2016 08:30

oh wow so you have actually met him then
Tell us what he is really like then ^_^

#goteamsky


Great post.


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Patchelicious, Dec 28 2016 08:32

Who's that other guy who has won 5 Green jerseys, 2 road world champs, Jnr MTB world champ..... Oh hang on, I like him.... He IS clean.

shaper, Dec 28 2016 08:33

Greatest TCHOP more like it. Won't miss the GIT one bit.

Don't think he will miss you either!

Am sure he will be happy to look back and reflect on his cycling achievements, perhaps yours is as good?

ZakAttak, Dec 28 2016 08:35

If Brad, Lance, Pantani and Merckx all raced clean, who would be the greatest?


I reckon Pantani... he was a monster on the bike.... especially on the climbs....

coppi, Dec 28 2016 08:45

Merckx...

COPPi



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'Dale, Dec 28 2016 09:11

If Brad, Lance, Pantani and Merckx all raced clean, who would be the greatest?


Sagaaan 😈

shaper, Dec 28 2016 09:24

Sagaaan


Any chance we can have a thread that does not become a Sagan worship frenzie?? #stuckrecord

'Dale, Dec 28 2016 09:30

Any chance we can have a thread that does not become a Sagan worship frenzie?? #stuckrecord


No chance, cupcake
💋

More related to the thread:
That hour record is crazy
Wonder who can eclipse that 💥

shaper, Dec 28 2016 09:36

No chance, cupcake

More related to the thread:
That hour record is crazy
Wonder who can eclipse that

#stuckrecord #predictable #boring

Ping Gen and Mtboy and totally derail the thread into something totally not relevant !!

Gen, Dec 28 2016 09:48

#stuckrecord #predictable #boring

Ping Gen and Mtboy and totally derail the thread into something totally not relevant !!

I may not be his biggest fan but he has had one hell of a career.


Plus he had the best bike chuck ever seen[emoji106]