An icon on and off the bike, Sir Bradley Wiggins has grown from a celebrated athlete into a household name during his time with Team Sky. Forever to be remembered as the first British rider to win the Tour de France, Wiggins heads into 2014 looking to add to one of the most impressive palmares in the sport.
Wiggins made his name on the track and racked up six world titles and three Olympic gold medals before focusing fully on the road. A podium place at the 2009 Tour de France demonstrated Wiggins’s Grand Tour potential and he earned a spell in the Maglia Rosa at the 2010 Giro d’Italia before taking his first WorldTour race win at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
A second Grand Tour podium followed at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana before Wiggins embarked on a near-perfect run in 2012 which saw him win four races on his way to the Tour de France yellow jersey.
2013 brought further success, including the Tour of Britain title, and Wiggins will focus on new objectives in 2014 as he continues to represent Team Sky at the very highest level.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?My dad was a cyclist but the thing I remember most is Chris Boardman winning the Olympics in 1992.
How would you like to inspire others?By the way I ride my bike and the way I race.
First bike:It was a Ribble.
First cycling club:The Archer Road Club in west London.
Childhood hero:Miguel Indurain and Sean Yates.
What has cycling taught you?I've never done anything else so it's given me everything and it's made me the person I am today.
How do you keep going when you're on the limit?I go into my own world, think about my effort and whether I can sustain it.
What does it feel like to have good form?It's hard to describe because you're in such deep concentration but when you can cope with the pain it inspires you to go harder.
Previous teams:2001 Linda McCartney Racing Team; 2002-03 Francaise des Jeux; 2004-05 Credit Agricole; 2006-07 Cofidis; 2008 Team High Road; 2009 Garmin-Slipstream.
Favourite race:Paris-Roubaix. The cobbles, the length of it, finishing on the cobbles, it's iconic.
Favourite ride:I used to enjoy riding out of London when I was younger but none stand out in particular.
Career highlight:The London Olympics. Winning the Tour and then the time trial 10 days later, in front of all those people, it's never going to get any better than that.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?I don't know because I've never done anything else.
Interests away from cycling:Spending as much time as I can with my family.
Favourite music:The Jam
Most famous person you've met:The Queen
Interesting fact:I'm a big collector, whether it's records, guitars or scooters.
Olympic Games - Gold individual pursuit; silver team pursuit, bronze Madison;
Tour de l'Avenir - 1st stage eight; Circuit de Lorraine - 1st stage two (TT)
Four Day of Dunkirk - 1st stage one (TT); Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré - 1st prologue; Tour du Poitou Charentes - 1st stage four (TT)
Olympic Games - Gold, individual pursuit, gold team pursuit
Herald Sun Tour - 1st overall, 1st stage five (TT); Tour of Qatar - 1st stage one (TTT); Three Days of De Panne - 1st stage 3b (TT); Tour de France - 3rd overall; British National Time Trial Championships - 1st
Tour of Qatar - 1st stage one (TTT); Giro d'Italia - 1st stage one (TT); British National Time Trial Championships - 1st
Criterium du Dauphine - 1st overall; Vuelta a Espana - 3rd overall; Paris-Nice - 3rd overall; British National Road Race Championship - 1st; Bayern-Rundfahrt - 1st stage four; World Time Trial Championships - 2nd
Tour de France - 1st overall, two stage wins; Olympic Games - Gold, time trial; Criterium du Dauphine - 1st overall, 1st stage four (TT); Paris-Nice - 1st overall, 1st stage eight (TT); Tour de Romandie - 1st overall, two stage wins; Volta ao Algarve - 1st stage five (TT)
Giro del Trentino - 1st stage 1b (TTT); Giro d'Italia - 1st stage two (TTT); Tour de Pologne - 1st stage seven (TT); Tour of Britain - 1st overall and one stage win; World Time Trial Championships - 2nd