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  • 10 December 2013, 23:54

Bradley Wiggins Humbled By Knighthood

Sir Bradley Wiggins has been knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in a ceremony he described as "quite humbling".

And the Olympic Gold medallist and former Tour de France winner has told Sky News of his desire to be on the start line in next year's Tour de France, even if it was in a "supporting role".

The 33-year-old, who became the first Briton to win the 100-year-old event in 2012, was forced to pull out of this year's race due to illness and injury.

In Wiggins' absence, Kenya-born Chris Froome, who'd finished runner up in 2012, went on to win.

Sir Bradley said: "At the moment, Chris is the current winner of the Tour and I think he has the right to defend his title. If I can play a support role and be part of a successful team, that would be good."

Wiggins is one of the final sporting heroes to receive honours in light of unprecedented successes of 2012, which included the Olympic Games.

"It has taken a long time for it all to sink in and when you're here and meeting people who have done some truly amazing things, it makes you feel very humble," he said. "I've won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone, really".

Asked how his meeting went with the Queen, Wiggins replied: "I really can't remember a thing she said or I said. I was nervous, probably more so than in an Olympic final."

Sir Bradley won gold in the 2012 Olympic time trial, beating Froome, and in doing so became the most decorated British Olympian.

Aside from an expected return to the Tour next year, Wiggins also has his sights set on Rio 2016 and adding to his tally of four gold medals.

"That's the plan. Remain injury free and hopefully I'll get a fifth."

:: Musician and songwriter Polly Harvey received an MBE from the Queen for her services to music. Known on stage as PJ Harvey, the 44-year-old has previously won two Mercury Prizes.

Wasim Khan, 42, the first British-born Pakistani cricketer, received an MBE for services to cricket and charity through the Chance to Shine programme, which encourages cricket in state schools.

He said: "We've been operating as a charity now since eight years ago, and now there are two million young people involved across 7,000 state schools and we've raised 49m. It's going really well."

Richard Lewis, former chairman of Sport England, said after receiving an MBE: "I told Her Majesty that sport has a hugely important role to play in society. I think the honours show that sport is valued and respected in society and something to aspire to."

Sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor was knighted for services to the visual arts.

The Indian-born British artist, who has also won the Turner Prize, designed the twisting, red ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford for the London Games.

Receiving the Queen's Gallantry Medal, Warrant Officer Class 1 Andreas Peat, of the Royal Logistic Corps, said of the honour: "I'm slightly taken aback by the award and the whole situation, really.

"At the end of the day, we're in the Army and it's our job specs. We're just doing our job."

WO1 Peat saved Danish and British soldiers by disarming a series of IEDs which were inadvertently triggered during a search of a suspected home-made explosives factory.

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