Sir Bradley Wiggins knighted at Buckingham Palace

Sir Bradley Wiggins knighted at Buckingham Palace

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Sir Bradley Wiggins, the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in its history, has been knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The 33-year-old British Cycling member, who rides for Team Sky and the Great Britain Cycling Team, was honoured for services to cycling following a remarkable 2012 season that included an Olympic gold medal in London and his historic victory at the Tour de France.

Wiggins, who was joined at Buckingham Palace by his wife and two children, said the title was an "incredible honour".

"It was quite nerve-wracking actually. I'm just incredibly uncomfortable in those circumstances,” said Wiggins, who has won seven Olympic medals.

"I'm still shaking now, to be honest. I'm glad it's over. The Queen asked what I'm doing now, and it was an incredible summer last year.

"I mean it's quite humbling, really, being here. I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they've been honoured for, and they're historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever.

"I've won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone, really.

"It's just the end of the road in a sense, in that it tops off the closure of last summer as it were, even though it's more than a year ago. It's a great honour."

Wiggins became a full-time lottery funded athlete on the Great Britain Cycling Team in 1999 and was a founder member of Team Sky in 2009.