British cycling icon Sir Chris Hoy is set to become a first-time father.

The six-time Olympic champion's wife Sarra is expecting the couple's first child later this year (14).

Hoy, 38, who retired from his record-breaking career last year (13), tells Britain's Sky Sports News, "I'm just very excited. It all seems to have happened at the right time."

The announcement comes after Hoy teamed up with pop star Nicole Scherzinger and British actress Keeley Hawes to launch a new Unicef fundraising campaign for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which kicks off in July (14).