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British legend Wiggins rides into sunset

The Associated Press

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, a Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist, greets spectators prior to competing in Ghent, Belgium, last month. Wiggins announced his retirement on Wednesday.

The Associated PressBradley Wiggins announced his retirement from cycling on Wednesday, ending an illustrious career in which he won a British-record eight Olympic medals and became his country’s first winner of the Tour de France.

The 36-year-old posted a statement on his Facebook and Instagram pages, alongside a picture of his collected race jerseys, medals and trophies.

“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 wrote. “2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards.”

Wiggins is Britain’s most decorated Olympian with five golds in a haul of eight medals across five Games, capped when he led the British pursuit team to a win at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The summer of 2012 was the pinnacle of Wiggins’ career, when he completed a rare double by winning the time trial at the London Olympics soon after his Tour triumph amid a joyful atmosphere described as “Wiggomania” by the British press. A lanky athlete with a strong appetite for fine clothing and British rock music, Wiggins was subsequently honored with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

Recently, he has been under scrutiny for use of therapeutic-use exemptions earlier in his career after hackers leaked he got injections days before three big races.

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