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Sir 'Wiggo'? Bradley Wiggins set to receive knighthood in New Year's Honours list

18 DECEMBER 2012

2012 is about to get even better for Bradley Wiggins – the cycling hero is tipped to lead the New Year's honours list and be invited to Buckingham Palace to settle the small issue of a knighthood with the Queen, reports the Daily Telegraph.

 

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As a nation, Great Britain has practically demanded that the sportsman become a 'sir' after a stellar year which saw him snare a historic Tour de France win, top that off with an Olympic gold medal and win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year Award.  All the while, keeping his feet on Terra Firma while his profile soared.

Bradley's knighthood campaign began after his incredible summer of sport, and was led by delighted Prime Minister David Cameron. "Bradley Wiggins has scaled one of the great heights of British sporting achievement," said the Prime Minister. "To be the first person in 109 years to win the Tour de France is an immense feat of physical and mental ability and aptitude and I think the whole country wants to say well done, brilliant, the perfect backdrop and start to the Olympics."

The full New Year's honours list will be published on December 29 and everyone will have to wait and see if Mr Wiggins' pedal powers is the driving force behind it.  Even if Bradley makes the cut, he still has to decide if he will accept the honour. The 32-year-old has made no secret of the fact that he won't necessarily make the journey to Buckingham Palace.

 

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Previously asked about the possibility of becoming 'Sir Bradley', the star weighed up his options: "How does Sir Wiggo sound? It doesn't quite sound right, does it?" he replied. "It is what it is. As much as it would be an honour to receive something like that, I don't think I would ever use it. I'd just put it in the drawer. I'll always just be Brad."

Other Olympians could also feature alongside the humble cyclist. Sailor Ben Ainslie, track and field queen Jessica Ennis and sprinter Mo Farah may all do well to prepare for their royal appointment.

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