Bradley Wiggins and Dave Brailsford have been knighted and Sarah Storey made a dame.
Cyclists dominated the sporting section of the British New Year Honours list. Jason Kenny (OBE), Victoria Pendleton (CBE), Laura Trott (OBE) and Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh, Dani King, Mark Colbourne, Neil Fachie, Philip Hindes, Craig Maclean and Jo Rowsell (all MBE) were also honoured.
Wiggins made history earlier this year, by becoming the first Brit ever to win the Tour de France this year, also claiming an Olympic gold medal. He was recently crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Wiggins announced in a statement on Team Sky’s website, “It’s an incredible honour and an incredible thing to have”
“[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.”
Dave Brailsford, as Sky’s Team Principal and British Cycling’s Performance Director, is also now a Sir. Under his direction, British cyclists have achieved greatness on the world stage and he has now been fully recognised for this.
“On the one hand you feel proud and honoured but on the other it feels quite humbling,” said Brailsford. “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.”
Sarah Storey was the only woman to be awarded a damehood for services to sport. She won four gold medals in the Paralympic Games in London. This took her total to six cycling medals, and eleven overall due to her previous swimming medals.
Storey tweeted that she was “So proud to have been made a Dame in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list. Thank you to everyone who has sent such lovely messages already! x
“Huge congrats to everyone who has received Honours in this year’s list too ,a humbling way to end such an incredible year of British sport.”