Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement from cycling on Wednesday bringing an end to a fantastic career which has seen him rise to be an icon of the sport.
His stellar career began in 1998 as a track cyclist winning a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth games as well as winning the UCI World junior individual pursuit title in the same year. His final year, 2016, also saw him win medals on the track, winning a Gold medal (his fifth) at the Rio Olympics and winning the six days of Ghent with partner Mark Cavendish.
His career in-between wasn’t bad either moving from the track onto the road. He won a number of one day races and classics but his most notable and iconic year was 2012, winning the Tour de France (The first Brit to win the event) as well as winning the London Olympic Time Trial a few weeks later. That year also saw him win the Tour de Romandie, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné.
After that year Sir Brad was a hero and put cycling into the spotlight in Britain. He didn’t quite hit the same heights on the road after 2012 but still put in some strong performances as well as helping the next stars of cycling by setting up his own road cycling team, Team Wiggins. He did find more success on the track though. Below is a look at some of the highlights ofwhat he achieved in a glittering career…
First Brit to win the Tour de France
8 Olympic medals (5 gold)
1 hour record holder (54.526 km)
3x National individual time trial champion
2014 world individual time trial champion
Tour de Romandie winner
2x Critérium du Dauphiné winner
Not a bad haul for him to look back on in his retirement if we do say.
As well as winning these on the bike, Sir Bradley won a number of things off it; most noted the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the year award. He beat the likes of Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farrah to scoop the award.
His other honours include;
Cycling Weekly Cyclist of the Year: 2000
Sports Journalists’ Association’s Sportsman of the Year: 2012
Cyclingnews.com Rider of the Year: 2012
Knight Bachelor: 2013 (knighted to Sir Brad).
He has certainly left a legacy and hopefully inspired some of the next stars of the future to get out on their bikes and achieve! And if they achieve half of what he achieved they’re doing alright.