Cycling legend Bradley Wiggins retires

Updated 1835 GMT (0235 HKT) December 28, 2016
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Bradley Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France, triumphing in 2012. Tim de Waele/Corbis Sport/Corbis via Getty Images
Wiggins celebrates victory after the final day of the 76th Six Days of Gent race at Kuipke Track Velodrome in November 2016. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
Wiggins is a picture of concentration as he competes in his final race in Britain in October 2016. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
Wiggins leads British teammates Edward Clancy and Steven Burke in the men's team pursuit qualifying track cycling event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
A kiss for wife Catherine after Wiggins wins his fifth and final Olympic gold medal in the men's team pursuit final at the Rio Velodrome in August. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Wiggins punches the air after winning the stage 19 time trial at the 2012 Tour de France. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images/file
Wiggins celebrates setting a new world hour record in front of a capacity crowd at London's Olympic velodrome in 2015. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
In addition to his Olympic titles, Wiggins won seven world championship gold medals. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Wiggins' everyman charm did much to win over sections of the British public wary of hosting the 2012 London Olympics. Getty Images
After securing the 2012 Tour de France, Wiggins went on to win the men's individual time trial event at the London Olympics. Getty Images
Wiggins stands on the podium after winning the Tour de France in a historic first for a British rider -- he would be followed by former teammate Chris Froome, the victor in 2013, 2015 and 2016.