BORA Hansgrohe announced last week that their rider would be taking an indefinite break from professional cycling in order to focus on himself and his family.
Fellow British riders have since lauded the 29-year-old for his 'brave' decision, including former Team Sky teammate Sir Bradley Wiggins who retired from the sport in 2015.
Kennaugh, who win Olympic gold in 2012, is battling with mental health issues that have duly affected his motivation and enthusiasm towards the sport.
Speaking on his podcast The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport, Wiggins said: “I watched Pete grow up through the academy at British Cycling and he was tremendously talented on the track as a kid.
“We have to wish him all the best and praise him on the career he has had.
“He’s a great young lad and I’m sure whatever he does now he will be successful at.
“When you can draw yourself out of [the sport] and get a bit of perspective, you realise there’s much more out there to do and he’s taken that decision.
“Good on him for having the balls to do it this early in the season and being so public with why he’s done it," Wiggins concluded.