Nationality: British
Date of birth: April 4, 1980
Height: 190cm
Weight: 83kg (as of January 2016)
Team: Team Wiggins

If Sir Bradley Wiggins was once considered to be arguably Britain’s greatest ever cyclist, these days the argument is settled. His magnificently varied palmarès — not to mention his iconic status outside of the sport’s die-hard fan base — have secured his position at the top of the tree.

Beginning his career predominantly on the track, Wiggins announced his talents with a win in individual pursuit at the 1998 Junior Track World Championships. Since then he has won six full world championships on the track, three in the individual pursuit, two in the team pursuit and one in the Madison. Even more impressive is his record in the Olympics, with gold medals at three successive Games in the individual pursuit (2004 and 2008), team pursuit (2008) and, after his conversion to the road, the time trial (2012).

Wiggins’s early years on the road were somewhat nomadic, beginning at the Linda McCartney team in 2001, then Francaise des Jeux (2002-2003), Credit Agricole (2004-2005), Cofidis (2006-2007) and High Road/Columbia (2008). As a time trial specialist he won numerous stages, but there was little hint of what was to come.

At Garmin-Transitions in 2009, Wiggins rode a superb Tour de France, finishing fourth behind Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Lance Armstrong. Following Armstrong’s disqualification for doping, he was promoted to third, the best ever placing by a Briton in the race.

His move to the newly formed Team Sky wasn’t an instant success, until his overall victory in the 2011 Criterium du Dauphiné showcased his burgeoning abilities. The following year, he was unstoppable. First came overall wins at Paris-Nice and the Tour de Romandie, then a successful defence of his Dauphiné title — followed, incredibly, by that historic victory at the Tour de France.

That was the high point for Wiggins’s road career, but there were still more achievements for him to claim. His 2012 Olympics win on the streets of London cemented his position not just within his sport but as a household name in Britain. His easy charm in front of the press was legendary and he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, voted for by the public, to prove that cycling was smashing its way into the mainstream. The ‘Wiggins effect’ is credited with launching a boom in participation as his achievements inspired a generation to race, commute and ride sportives for the first time.

After missing the 2013 Tour de France through injury, and controversially missing selection in 2014, Wiggins instead focused on the World Championships, where he added yet more variety to his palmarès with a win in the individual time trial. It was to be his final hurrah as a top-level professional road rider. His final race in Team Sky colours was the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, but this was to be one fairytale too many.

Instead, Wiggins launched his own team and turned his attention back to the track, and the Hour Record in particular. Taking the line in the London Olympic velodrome on June 7, Wiggins smashed the previous record and set a new mark of 54.526km, cementing another entry in the history books for a rider who has always been an avid fan and student of the sport’s folklore.

With that goal achieved, he will now rejoin the national team pursuit squad. Can he become Britain’s most decorated Olympian by winning a fifth gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016? Logic says it will be his final competition before retirement, but it’s never wise to make assumptions about a rider who has proved he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.

His racing career is covered on these pages including news, race reports, interviews and photography. All his results are listed on our Bradley Wiggins rider profile page

Major results: Hour Record | 2014 TT world title | Tour de France 2012 | Olympics 2012 | Criterium du Dauphine 2011 | Olympics 2008