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Two knighthoods and a Dame for British cycling

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31.12.2012

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As the year draws to a close, cycling continues to receive recognition, this time with knighthoods for cyclist Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky manager David Brailsford, while para-cyclist Sarah Storey is named a Dame.

Recipients of Great Britain’s New Year Honours are chosen by a special committee and confirmed by the Queen. They will receive their titles at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Bradley Wiggins has become a household name in Britain and among cycling enthusiasts worldwide after his win in the 2012 Tour de France, which he followed up with Olympic gold in the road time trial.

Wiggins rose to such heights under the direction of British Cycling’s Performance Director and Team Sky Manager David Brailsford, who said on the Team Sky website that his knighthood was, “a 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...”

Sarah Storey, who won four Paralympic gold medals on the track and the road in London, is now expecting her first child with husband and fellow cyclist Barney Storey: “Hopefully it will have the same love of sport as my husband and I do,” she commented after her award was made public.

Earlier in the month, Storey was on the list of nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, an award that eventually went to Wiggins. Brailsford was named coach of the year in the same ceremony. Meanwhile Tom Boonen was named Belgian Sportsman of the Year, and Ryder Hesjedal best Canadian male athlete of the year.

Photo: Para-cyclist Sarah Storey caps off an exceptional year by being named a Dame

 

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