LONDON - Britain's first-ever Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggens, was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth on Sunday, in one of a range of awards for British sporting and Olympic success.
The cyclist now becomes Sir Bradley Wiggins, in recognition of his winning of the yellow jersey in the gruelling three-week French event in July.
Other British sporting heroes recognized in the traditional New Year's Honors list - awarded by the British monarch - include several of the Olympic and paralympic figures which brought Britain a record medal-haul whilst hosting the Games in London this year.
Sailor Ben Ainslie, who won Olympic gold at four straight Games, also got a knighthood, para-cyclist Sarah Storey became a dame, whilst heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Victoria Pendleton, distance runner Mo Farah and wheelchair-athelete David Weir all received Commander of the British Empire (CBE ) awards.
"It's quite something really. I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honor but there's a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in," said Wiggins, who also won Olympic time trial gold in London.
Two-time Olympic 1,500m champion and organizer of the London Games, Sebastian Coe, became a Companion of Honour.
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray, who failed to win Wimbledon this year, but did win the US Open and an Olympic gold in tennis, received an OBE.
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