Sir Chris made the announcement in Edinburgh in front of a packed media room at Murrayfield Stadium.

Sir Chris comments: “Today I formally announce my retirement from international competition. This is a decision that hasn’t come easily, but after discussing it at length with my wife Sarra, my family and my coaches, I am happy that this the right time.

During my 19 years competing at senior level I’ve witnessed the sport of cycling in the UK flourish and transform beyond all recognition, and to have been there for the journey gives me huge satisfaction. I have many wonderful memories from traveling and competing all over the world in numerous events, not least the four Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and 16 World Championships. During this time I’ve not only had success, but a lot of fun too.

I have been incredibly lucky to have had the support of some amazing people throughout my career; my coaches, team mates, team support staff, sponsors, management, fans and of course my family and friends. None of my victories would have been possible without their help.

Having had time since the London Olympics to reflect on my career, I know this is the right moment to bow out. Nothing would have given me more pride and pleasure than to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow, but I feel that it would be a year too far and I wouldn’t be able to perform at a level which would do myself and the team justice. I hope this will give the chance for a younger rider to step into the team and shine.

In the future there are many projects that I’m very excited to be getting involved with; a Games Ambassador role for both Glasgow 2014 and the 2018 Youth Olympic Bid, supporting a number of charities including UNICEF and SAMH, and continuing to design and develop my own range of bikes. I’m also looking forward to spending more time together with Sarra.

I’m pleased to say that cycling is still something I love to do and I’ll continue riding bikes for pleasure for the rest of my life.  I’m passionate about encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes and experience the benefits it can bring.”