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Tour de France champ Wiggins knighted in New Year honours

Published on Dec 29, 2012 6:20 AM
In a file picture taken on July 22, 2012 Tour de France 2012 winner, yellow jersey, British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, wrapped in his national flag, celebrates with his son during his parade at the end of the 120 km and last stage of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race starting in Rambouillet and finishing in the famous Paris-Champs-Elysees Avenue. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins led a parade of Olympic champions whose achievements in a remarkable summer of sport in Britain were recognised in the New Year Honours list on Saturday.

The cyclist receives a knighthood, making him Sir Bradley, and heads a glittering list of gold medal winners from the London Olympics including heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Victoria Pendleton and runner Mo Farah.

They joined sailor Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor in history, in being made CBEs, or Commanders of the Order of the British Empire.

Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour, said: "I never ever imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour.

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