Wiggins And Brailsford Get Knighthoods
Feature by Kev Monks
Updated Saturday, 29th December 2012
Arise Sir Wiggo and Sir Dave
As expected, Tour De France 2012 Winner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky Boss David Brailsford have been awarded Knighthoods in the New Years Honours List.
Wiggins told Team Sky's website; “[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.”
David Brailsford who has done so much to British Cycling said; “On the one hand you feel proud and honoured but on the other it feels quite humbling. 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.
“After a year like this my ambitions are sky high and I’m still very hungry. I get up in the morning and think about how we can better and I’ve got a group of people around me who think all the time about continuous improvement. That is quite contagious and once that ball starts rolling it’s very difficult to stop it.”
Other cyclists who were awarded in the Honours List are Sarah Storey becomes a Dame, Victoria Pendleton is awarded a CBE, while Laura Trott and Jason Kenny receives an OBE. Peter Kennaugh, Steve Burke, Neil Fachie and Philip Hindes get an MBE.
No Coventry residing people received an honours. Full list: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/honours-list/9768920/New-Year-Honours-2013-full-list-of-recipients.html