Legendary cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins is retiring

BBC Sports says that the five-time Olympic champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins, has announced his retirement from cycling at the age of 36.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was the first Brit to win the Tour de France, after nearly 20 years of cycling professionally around the world, and has become Britain’s most awarded Olympian.

His personality made him hugely popular in the summer of 2012, when he won Olympic time trial gold in London, just 10 days after winning the Tour de France.

That same year, the public voted him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace Bradley Wiggins became Sir in 2013, for services to cycling.

Wiggins’ big wins

  • 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 medals at Beijing Olympics
  • 2012 – first British winner of Tour de France
  • 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 team pursuit gold at Rio Olympics
  • Won eight world titles on the track and road
  • Britain’s most decorated Olympian with five gold medals in his haul of eight

In September 2016, hackers leaked medical information about Bradley Wiggins and the medicine he was allowed to take because of a rule called Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUEs).

This rule allows some drugs – which would otherwise be banned – to be used if an athlete needs them for medical reasons that have been checked out by the authorities.

Wiggins said he sought a Therapeutic Use Exemption because of suffering from asthma.

The TUEs were approved by British authorities and cycling’s world governing body, the UCI.

There is no suggestion that either he, British Cycling or Team Sky, his former team, have broken any rules.

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