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Wiggins, Brailsford and Storey knighted in New Year Honours list

Cycling News
December 29, 2012, 10:15,
December 29, 2012, 10:16
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, December 30, 2012
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins seals overall victory at the 2012 Tour de France with a win in the penultimate stage time trial

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins seals overall victory at the 2012 Tour de France with a win in the penultimate stage time trial

  • Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins seals overall victory at the 2012 Tour de France with a win in the penultimate stage time trial
  • The winner Bradley Wiggins of GB - UK Sport Innovation bike with custom bar setup (as used on his Pinarello Graal at the Tour de France), taped over SRM power meter, adidas shoe covers and skinsuit, surprisingly conventional exposed Dura Ace brakes, Wiggo roundel on his UK Sport helmet and head badge, two energy gels up his shorts and a HED front wheel - all in all, very tidy
  • Tony Martin, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome

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British Olympians given 78 honours

As widely expected, Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford have been awarded knighthoods for their services to British sport in the annual New Year Honours list.

Paralympian Sarah Storey, who won four gold medals in road race events in London, has also been named as a Dame, as British sport celebrated its success at the 2012 London Olympics with 78 different titles awarded to athletes and staff.

The New Year Honours are chosen by a special committee and confirmed by the Queen. All the award winner will be given their titles at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the next few months.

Wiggins felt honoured to be given a knighthood, joking that he expect his family to now call him 'Sir'. He won the Tour de France in July and then took gold in the time trial at the London Olympics.  

“It’s an incredible honour and an incredible thing to have,” he said. “[Sir] is not something I would like to use in daily life because it would still sit uneasy with me. The only thing I have insisted on is that my wife and children call me Sir at home but other than that everyone is free to call me Bradley!"

“The goal this year was to win the Tour de France and the Olympic Games and we did that. I think it’s everything else that has happened since then, which have not been the biggest achievements but the most rewarding - things like Sports Personality and the Knighthood - because those things are out of your hands. So to be awarded those is humbling.”

Brailsford's hard work rewarded

Dave Brailsford has masterminded success at Team Sky and with the Great Britain cycling teams on the track and the road in recent years. He was laughed at when he set winning the Tour de France with a British rider within five years but achieved the goal with Wiggins after just three years. He wanted to share his title with his staff and riders.

“On the one hand you feel proud and honoured but on the other it feels quite humbling," Brailsford said on the Team Sky website after his knighthood was confirmed.

"I think more than anything else it’s recognition for everything that has happened in cycling, not just for this year, but over a period of time and the development of the sport. I’m the lucky one that gets recognised."

“I’m just an orchestra conductor and I am only ever going to be as good as the people playing the instruments by making sure they are all coordinated. I am very reliant on being able to recruit and develop the best people in given areas and I think I have been very lucky in having some absolutely brilliant people who have worked with me. But more than anything it’s bike riders that win races and gold medals and I have been incredibly lucky to have such a talented bunch of riders come through the system in the last few years and I think they are the ones that deserve the credit."

PSIARM More than 1 year ago
Enough of Bradley Wiggins already...!!! How about honouring Paralympian Sarah Storey in the article with as much emphasis as Wiggins and Brailsford...or is Cyclingnews really sexist...!!!
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
He won the TDF....
zecarioca More than 1 year ago
British are desperate!! Men all that for his first grand Tour, wait till we find out he was riding dirty and oh no they will have to unkinight him
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
wowww amazing but wait hes more???? when they will discover hes doping all will be red faced then the POM will accept the fact Wiggins hes not a super hero just a guy with 2 legs then used doping too go faster that all .the most insulted for the general public when they did make him too open the OLYMPIC he was the most ridiculous decision he didn't win the tour they give it too him too any cost .
Buotte57 More than 1 year ago
Pro cycling has turned out to be what reality TV is, crap.
Buotte57 More than 1 year ago
My first thought when I saw Wiggins on the thrown flashing a peace sign, what an idiot!
Buotte57 More than 1 year ago
The hypocracy is rampant in pro cycling.
Buotte57 More than 1 year ago
Pro cycling is the new reality tv.