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Cycling champion: Facts and figures

1980: Born April 28 in Ghent, Belgium before growing up in London. Son of Australian former racing cyclist Gary Wiggins.

1992: Begins track cycling at Herne Hill Velodrome, London.

1997: Wins individual pursuit gold at Junior World Track Championships in Cuba.

2000: March - Wins silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

October - Wins bronze in team pursuit at Olympic Games in Sydney.

2001: September - Claims silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Antwerp.

2002: July - Wins silver for England in team pursuit and individual pursuit at Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Also takes gold in individual pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart.

2003: August - Wins silver in team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart.

2004: August - Wins Olympic gold in individual pursuit in Athens. Also wins silver in team pursuit alongside Steve Cummings, Paul Manning and Rob Hayles and bronze in Madison alongside Rob Hayles to become first Briton since 1964 to win three medals at one Games.

2006: July - Makes Tour de France debut, riding for French team Cofidis.

2007: March - Wins gold in the individual pursuit and team pursuit at Track Cycling World Championships in Majorca.

July - Finishes fourth in Tour de France prologue in London behind Swiss winner Fabian Cancellara but his team, Cofidis, later withdraw after team-mate Cristian Moreni fails a drugs test.

2008: March - Wins individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison gold at Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

August 16 - Successfully defends Olympic individual pursuit title in Beijing.

August 18 - Wins Olympic team pursuit gold alongside Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Paul Manning in a world record of three minutes 53.314 seconds.

October - Releases autobiography titled 'In Pursuit of Glory' detailing his struggle with alcohol after Athens Games.

2009: July - Finishes fourth in Tour de France, matching highest placing by a British rider.

December 10 - Signs four-year deal with Team Sky.

2010: May - Wins Giro d'Italia prologue to become second Briton to wear race leader's pink jersey.

July - Finishes 24th in Tour de France but is later upgraded to 23rd after Alberto Contador is stripped of the title for a doping offence.

2011: June - Wins traditional Tour de France warm-up Criterium du Dauphine.

July 8 - Abandons Tour de France after fracturing collarbone in crash on seventh stage.

September - Finishes third overall at the Vuelta a Espana. Finishes second in World Championships time-trial before helping Cavendish win the road race.

2012: March - Wins Paris-Nice.

April - Triumphs in Tour de Romandie.

June - Successfully defends his Criterium du Dauphine title.

July 7 - Takes the Tour de France yellow jersey after stage seven.

July 9 - Enhances hold on maillot jaune ahead of the first rest day with a first Tour stage win, on the stage nine time-trial to Besancon.

July 21 - Wins the time-trial on the Tour's penultimate day to all but secure victory.

July 22 - Confirmed as Britain's first winner of the Tour de France.

August 1 - Claims gold medal in Olympic road time-trial.

November 7 - Injured in collision with a vehicle while on a training ride in Lancashire.

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