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Farewell Wiggo

‘Cool Factor?’ I think so…

This December, Sir Bradley Wiggins announced his retirement from professional cycling. Despite the current investigations concerning Therapeutic Use Exemptions, his departure was met by most with a positive reception, as it should have been. It can be argued that no other rider has done so much to promote road cycling –  in fact he is the man who inspired me to take up the sport!

It is hard to find another example of one man and his team turning a nation into cycling fanatics in the space of three weeks. His charisma, dominance and “cool factor” in front of both media and public is something that arguably no other cyclist nor even sportsperson has managed to blend.

His achievements are something to be marvelled at. On top of a Tour de France victory and five Olympic gold medals, Wiggins holds multiple World Championships, an Hour Record and BBC Sports Personality amongst many other awards and victories.

Wiggins during his Hour Record attempt

He really is one of a kind, with fantastic performances, entertaining interviews and of course his Tour de France victory speech, which was surely one of the most British ever:

“Right, we’re just going to draw the raffle numbers… It’s been a magical couple of weeks. Some dreams do come true. My old mother over there, her son has just won the Tour de France… Thanks again. Have a safe journey home. Don’t get too drunk.”

Sir Bradley Wiggins, I wish you a very happy retirement!