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Gallery: Chris Hoy's career in pictures

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hris Hoy celebrates on the podium at the end of the men's 1 km time trial final at the Athens velodrome

hris Hoy celebrates on the podium at the end of the men's 1 km time trial final at the Athens velodrome
(Image credit: AFP)
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Gregory Bauge and Chris Hoy compete during their Men's Sprint quarterfinal as part of the Worlds in 2010

Gregory Bauge and Chris Hoy compete during their Men's Sprint quarterfinal as part of the Worlds in 2010
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All white on the night: Hoy leads the GB team at London 2012

All white on the night: Hoy leads the GB team at London 2012
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Shane Sutton and Hoy after his final gold medal ride

Shane Sutton and Hoy after his final gold medal ride
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Ahead of his final race at the London Olympic Games

Ahead of his final race at the London Olympic Games
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On the podium one last time in London 2012

On the podium one last time in London 2012
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La Paz, Bolivia, on May 12th, 2007, after failing in his attempt to break the world record for the kilometer time trial

La Paz, Bolivia, on May 12th, 2007, after failing in his attempt to break the world record for the kilometer time trial
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Chris Hoy meets Gordon Brown after the 2008 Olympic Games

Chris Hoy meets Gordon Brown after the 2008 Olympic Games
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Chris Hoy celebrates after winning the men's 1 km time trial final at the Athens velodrome

Chris Hoy celebrates after winning the men's 1 km time trial final at the Athens velodrome
(Image credit: AFP)
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Chinese team member Saifei Bao, British rider Chris Hoy and Dutch team member Roy van den Berg take the start of the Men's Keirin first round of the worlds in 2004

Chinese team member Saifei Bao, British rider Chris Hoy and Dutch team member Roy van den Berg take the start of the Men's Keirin first round of the worlds in 2004
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 Chris Hoy poses for pictures on August 19, 2008 with the gold medals won during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Chris Hoy poses for pictures on August 19, 2008 with the gold medals won during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
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Chris Hoy, Craig Mc Lean and Jason Queally at the track Worlds in 1999

Chris Hoy, Craig Mc Lean and Jason Queally at the track Worlds in 1999
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The British team, composed by Jason Queally, Craig Mac Lean and Chris Hoy (From L to R), celebrates on the podium 17 September 2000 after winning the silver medal in the men's olympic sprint competition of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

The British team, composed by Jason Queally, Craig Mac Lean and Chris Hoy (From L to R), celebrates on the podium 17 September 2000 after winning the silver medal in the men's olympic sprint competition of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
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Chris Hoy of Scotland hugs a member of the audience after winning the Men 1000m time trial Final 28 July 2002, at the 17th Commonwealth Games in Manchester

Chris Hoy of Scotland hugs a member of the audience after winning the Men 1000m time trial Final 28 July 2002, at the 17th Commonwealth Games in Manchester
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Great Britains Chris Hoy rides during the 1km time trial event during the 2002 world track cycling Championships in Copenhagen, 26 September 2002. Hoy took the gold medal and France's Arnaud Tournant the silve

Great Britains Chris Hoy rides during the 1km time trial event during the 2002 world track cycling Championships in Copenhagen, 26 September 2002. Hoy took the gold medal and France's Arnaud Tournant the silve
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Chris Hoy wearing a kilt poses during the team sprint first round during the 2002 world track cycling Championships in Copenhagen

Chris Hoy wearing a kilt poses during the team sprint first round during the 2002 world track cycling Championships in Copenhagen
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Chris Hoy is congratulated by Australia's Shane Perkins after winning the bronze medal in the men's sprint at the 2012

Chris Hoy is congratulated by Australia's Shane Perkins after winning the bronze medal in the men's sprint at the 2012
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Great Britain's Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's track cycling team sprint qualifying

Great Britain's Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's track cycling team sprint qualifying
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Chris Hoy of Great Britain celebrates after winning the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's Keirin final

Chris Hoy of Great Britain celebrates after winning the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's Keirin final
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Chris Hoy and Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Chris Hoy and Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
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Sir Chris Hoy - on canvas and in the flesh

Sir Chris Hoy - on canvas and in the flesh
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Able to instill fear into his competitiors Chris Hoy awaits the Keirin final at the World Championships in Melbourne.

Able to instill fear into his competitiors Chris Hoy awaits the Keirin final at the World Championships in Melbourne.
(Image credit: Mark Gunter - markgunter.com.au)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates keirin victory

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates keirin victory
(Image credit: Daniel Simms)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) with the British flag

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) with the British flag
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Sprint legend Sir Chris Hoy at the Six-Days of Rotterdam

Sprint legend Sir Chris Hoy at the Six-Days of Rotterdam
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The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
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Sir Chris Hoy warms up for the keirin

Sir Chris Hoy warms up for the keirin
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The men's keirin podium (l-r): Teun Mulder (2nd,NED), Sir Chris Hoy (1st,GBR) and Mickael Bourgain (3rd,FRA).

The men's keirin podium (l-r): Teun Mulder (2nd,NED), Sir Chris Hoy (1st,GBR) and Mickael Bourgain (3rd,FRA).
(Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)

Chris Hoy confirmed his retirement from cycling in Edinburgh on Thursday, calling time on a lengthy career that yielded six Olympic gold medals and eleven world titles.

The Scot competed in four Olympic Games – Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London – and in that time, cycling in Britain went from niche to mainstream as national lottery funding placed solid foundations beneath lofty dreams. Big names came and went (and even came back) in that period, but Hoy was the most consistent figure, producing a string of impressive displays at the biggest events.

Hoy’s run of success began in Athens in 2000, when he took silver in the team sprint alongside Craig MacLean and Jason Queally. Over the four years that followed, he took over from Arnaud Tournant as the top kilometre rider in the world, culminating in gold at the Athens Olympics of 2004.

By Beijing, however, the kilo had been removed from the programme and Hoy was forced to focus his energies elsewhere. In a remarkable run, he came up with gold medals in the team sprint, keirin and individual sprint.

Hoy left for Beijing as a cyclist and returned a household name. Later that year, he was named as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year (the first cyclist since Tommy Simpson to be so honoured) and he was knighted for his achievements in the velodrome.

At 32 years of age, it would have been easy for Hoy to call time on his career at that point, and certainly the next Olympic cycle did not go as smoothly as his build-up to Beijing. But London 2012 was the always the aim, and Hoy delighted the home crowds by taking two gold medals in his final two events on the track – the team sprint and the keirin.

Hoy closes his career as Britain’s most successful Olympian and as one of the symbols of Britain’s remarkable transformation as a cycling power over the past 15 years. In this gallery, Cyclingnews takes a look back at Hoy’s career.