As modest as ever, Sir Chris Hoy gracefully retires from cycling

Sir Chris Hoy announces his retirement

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumours of Sir Chris Hoy's retirement were not greatly exaggerated.

Minutes after an invite to a "special announcement" entered the inboxes of journalists up and down the country on Monday afternoon, speculation that Britain's most successful Olympian was going to confirm that his racing days were over went viral.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.