Mark Cavendish piled up 161 victories on the road to go with world titles on the track over the course of his illustrious career.
His 34 career Tour de France stage wins are equalled only by Eddy Merckx, while his 53 Grand Tour stage victories put him third in the all-time standings.
Here the PA news agency takes a look at some of his career highlights.
Took gold in the scratch race at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Moved up to what is now the WorldTour level on the road and took a breakthrough victory at Scheldeprijs.
Finished the season with 11 victories, equalling Alessandro Petacchi’s record for a debut campaign.
Won four stages of the Tour de France and two stages of the Giro d’Italia
Became the second Briton to win a Monument with victory in Milan-Sanremo
Won six stages of the Tour, and wore the leader’s jersey for two days at the Giro after taking four stages.
Won five stages of the Tour.
Wore the leader’s red jersey for two stages of the Vuelta a Espana and won the points classification after taking four stages.
Won five stages of the Tour de France along with the points classification. Wore the leader’s jersey at the Giro and won three stages.
Won three Tour stages, and three stages of the Giro, wearing the leader’s pink jersey for three days.
Won two Tour stage and five Giro stages, wearing the leader’s pink jersey for one day.
Became British national champion.
Won one stage of the Tour.
Became Madison world champion for the third time, winning with Wiggins in London.
Won his first Olympic medal with silver in the omnium.
Tasted victory for the first time in more than three years when he headed a bunch sprint across the line at the Tour of Turkey, the first of four stage wins at the race.
Followed up by winning the final stage of the Belgium Tour, before matching the Tour de France stage wins record when collecting the 34th of his career in Carcassonne on July 9.
Won his 16th Giro d’Italia stage when he sprinted to victory on stage three in Hungary.
Added a second British road title to his career with success in Scotland in June.