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Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from professional cycling

Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from professional cycling.

The 36-year-old who's based in Chorley announced his retirement on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

You can read his full statement below.

Credit: PA Wire

I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support.

What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids.

2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, "feet on the ground, head in the clouds" kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'! They do now.

– Sir Bradley Wiggins

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ON YER BIKE: Paralympic cyclists want more people to travel by bike

British Cycling wants to help double the number of journeys Britons make on their bikes. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

North West Paralympic gold medalists Dame Sarah Storey and Chris Boardman will unveil plans to help Britain get on its bike and become a cycling nation today

The cyclists will announce tax incentives to help get people to use their bikes more.

Figures show that just two per cent of Britons currently cycle regularly. The government spends less than £1 per person on cycling, per year.

This compared with the Netherlands where cycling spend is currently at around £30 per head and around 30% of trips are made by bike.

The plans, which will be announced by British cycling, aim to help double the number of journeys Britons make on their bikes.

Man dies from head injuries after falling off bike

A man suffered major head injuries after colliding with another bicycle on Hill Lane, Colne. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

A man has died after falling off his bike in Lancashire.

The 50-year-old was one of three people out cycling on Hill Lane, in Colne, at around 10pm on Thursday, May 12.

A woman, aged 19, fell from her bike injuring her leg. The two male riders cycling behind her then collided with each other before the 50-year-old fell from his bike and suffered major head injuries.

The man was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital where he died on Friday, May 13.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with this man and his family.

We are appealing for information and would ask anyone who can help to come forward and contact police.

If you were in the Hill Lane area and witnessed the incident please contact us.

– Sgt David Hurst, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact pol‎ice on 101, quoting log reference 1637 of May 12.

Four-day Cyclefest begins on the Isle of Man

The professional series of Pearl Izumi Tour begins today in Ramsey, Isle of Man Credit: Isle of Man Cyclefest

The first day of a huge cycling festival has begun for the first time on the Isle of Man.

Cyclefest is a four-day series of races and events, starting in Ramsey and going around the island in two main locations - Mooragh Park for two days of racing around a 1 mile circuit, including the professional Pearl Izumi Tour Series today, and Milntown Estate will open its gates for competitors and observers on Saturday at 9am.

Today there is a series of school and community races and two days (14 and 15 May) of the three Championship Races - mountain bike racing, a closed road hill climb time trial and round island 80 mile Gran Fondo challenge.

The Pearl Izumi track begins in Mooragh Park, Ramsey at 3pm Credit: Isle of Man Cyclefest

The Milntown Festival will feature live music, stunt shows, a BBQ and prize presentations.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series Race will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday night at 7pm.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.iomcyclefest.com/ .

The Cyclefest Stars of Tomorrow Youth Races begin later today at 5pm Credit: Isle of Man Cyclefest

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Bibby wins historical Isle of Man cycling race

Ian Bibby finishing the men's 113 miles over three laps at the Manx International Grand Prix Credit: SWpix.com

A historical cycling event returned to the Isle of Man yesterday as part of the second leg of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series.

Team Sky's Ian Bibby won the men's 113 miles of racing over three laps of the Manx International Grand Prix, with Kimberly Ashton (Casp racing) winning the two-lap women's race, the first round of the women's road race elite series.

The first MIGP was held in 1936, becoming a favoured race for cyclists from all over the world - the last professional tournament was held in 2003.

A huge crowd showing their support on the Mountain Course near Ramsey Credit: SWpix.com

Jake Alderman of Saint Piran and Tristan Robbins of Madison Genesis made the first real break of the race, pulling away and gradually increasing their lead to 2.20.

They continued to lead until Manx rider Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) closed the gap.

The penultimate King of Mountains award was taken by Adria Moreno Sala (Raleigh GAC) and the lead pack was thinned down to six after Kennaugh attacked.

Bibby and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) managed to break free from the final six, before Bibby attacked Rowsell and went on to win.

The Isle of Man is currently bidding to host the 2018 British National Championship.

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