December 28, 2016 / 4:54 PM / 7 months ago

Factbox - Briton Bradley Wiggins

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LONDON (Reuters) - Factbox on Britain's most decorated cyclist Bradley Wiggins who announced his retirement from professional cycling on Wednesday.

Early Years

Born: April 28, 1980 in Ghent, Belgium

His father Gary was an Australian cyclist and specialised in six-day track races in the 1970s and 1980s. Wiggins had trials with English Premier League soccer club West Ham United. His languages include French and Welsh.

* Wins the first of eight Olympic medals when he takes bronze in the team pursuit at the Sydney Games in 2000.

* Starts his road racing career in 2002 at French team Francaise des Jeux but his focus is still on track cycling.

* Wiggins becomes the first Briton in 40 years to win three medals at one Games when he wins the individual pursuit, takes silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the Madison in Athens in 2004.

On the Road

* Rides his first grand Tour when he takes part in the Giro d'Italia in 2005, finishing 123rd overall for Credit Agricole.

* His first appearance in the Tour de France is in 2006,

taking 123rd place for Cofidis.

* Leaves the 2007 Tour de France after Italian Cofidis team mate Cristian Moreni fails a drugs tests. Wiggins throws away

his Cofidis jersey.

Beijing Glory

* Joins HTC High Road in 2008.

* Wins the 2008 Madison world title with Mark Cavendish as he gears up for the Beijing Olympics.

* In Beijing, Wiggins becomes the first rider to successfully defend his individual pursuit title, also winning

the team pursuit.

The Route to Tour Success

* In 2009, Wiggins joins American team Garmin, looking to transform himself into a grand Tour rider. On his first real

attempt, he finishes fourth overall in Tour de France.

* Joins the newly launched Team Sky amidst a lot of hype in 2010, but only manages 23rd place overall in the Tour.

* Wins the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011, his first stage-race win, but crashes out of the Tour de France on the

seventh stage.

* Follows up with third place overall in the Tour of Spain.

* In 2012, Wiggins claims victories in the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Dauphine races before becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

World Championships

* One gold medal in 2016 (madison)

* Three gold medals in 2008 (4km individual pursuit, team pursuit and madison)

* Two gold medals in 2007 (4km individual pursuit and team pursuit)

* One gold medal in 2003 (4km individual pursuit)

Olympic Results

* Gold medallist at 2016 Olympics (team pursuit)

* Gold medallist at 2012 Olympics (time trial)

* Gold medallist at 2008 Olympics (individual pursuit)

* Gold medallist at 2008 Olympics (team pursuit)

* Gold medallist at 2004 Olympics (4km individual pursuit)

* Silver medallist at 2004 Olympics (team pursuit)

* Bronze medallist at 2004 Olympics (madison)

* Bronze medallist at 2000 Olympics (team pursuit)

Compiled by Simon Jennings, editing by Ed Osmond

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