Cycling legend Bradley Wiggins retiresUpdated 1:35 PM ET, Wed December 28, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesBradley Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France, triumphing in 2012. Hide Caption 1 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins celebrates victory after the final day of the 76th Six Days of Gent race at Kuipke Track Velodrome in November 2016.Hide Caption 2 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins is a picture of concentration as he competes in his final race in Britain in October 2016.Hide Caption 3 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins 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.Hide Caption 4 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesA 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.Hide Caption 5 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins punches the air after winning the stage 19 time trial at the 2012 Tour de France.Hide Caption 6 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins celebrates setting a new world hour record in front of a capacity crowd at London's Olympic velodrome in 2015. Hide Caption 7 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesIn addition to his Olympic titles, Wiggins won seven world championship gold medals.Hide Caption 8 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins' everyman charm did much to win over sections of the British public wary of hosting the 2012 London Olympics.Hide Caption 9 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesAfter securing the 2012 Tour de France, Wiggins went on to win the men's individual time trial event at the London Olympics.Hide Caption 10 of 11 Photos: 'Wiggo': A career in picturesWiggins 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.Hide Caption 11 of 11The British rider, who has enjoyed a glittering career in track and road cycling, announced his retirement on Wednesday. More from SportMonica Puig: 'Tennis is so small and life is so precious'Jordan Spieth an 'aggressive' prankster, says Justin ThomasWonder horse Winx eyes world dominationA partnership between horse and riderAnna Nordqvist: 'My grandfather inspired my golf major triumph'