Wiggins humbled

British cycling great Sir Bradley Wiggins says being knighted by the Queen was a “nerve-wracking” and “humbling” experience.
Bradley Wiggins was knighted at a ceremony on Tuesday. Net photo
Bradley Wiggins was knighted at a ceremony on Tuesday. Net photo

British cycling great Sir Bradley Wiggins says being knighted by the Queen was a “nerve-wracking” and “humbling” experience.

Wiggins was honoured at a Buckingham Palace ceremony on Tuesday after a sensational 2012 during which he became the first ever British winner of the Tour de France and won the fourth Olympic gold medal of his career.

Speaking after he was knighted, Wiggins said: “It was quite a nerve-wracking thing for me actually, it’s not a comfortable environment for me, being in there.

“But it was an incredibly humbling experience, to meet some of the people I’ve met today and to see what they have received awards for.

“You feel a little bit inferior at times. There are people in their getting things for services in Afghanistan and, as a sportsman, you do it for the success, and you never expect to get things like this.

“It’s an amazing experience, to have the family here as well.”

Nerves take hold of Wiggins

Wiggins exchanged words with Her Majesty but was so disconcerted he could not recall what was discussed.

“I can’t remember what she said or what I said!” he explained. “I was probably more nervous going up there and doing something like that, than being in an Olympic final. I can’t remember what happened.

“The success that British sport had last summer, I think captivated everyone, and to be given an award like this through your achievements in sport, it’s a very humbling experience to go through, and a great honour as well.”

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