Bradley Wiggins knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

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Call him Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The 2012 Olympic and Tour de France champion was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

“I can’t remember what she said or what I said,” Wiggins said, according to Sky Sports. “It’s probably more nervous going up there and doing something like that being in an Olympic final.”

Wiggins is a five-time Olympic champion and seven-time medalist over four Games, combining medals in track and road cycling. He is tied with fellow cyclist Chris Hoy for the most Olympic medals won by a British athlete.

Hoy, who has also received knighthood, retired after the 2012 Olympics, but Wiggins is training on. That’s a reason why he won’t celebrate Tuesday’s honor too much.

“It’s quite a nerve-racking thing for me, actually,” Wiggins said, according to Sky Sports. “It’s not a comfortable environment for me being in there. But it’s an incredibly humbling experience.

“At the end of the day, as a sportsman, you do it for success. You never expect to be given things like this.”

Wiggins, 33, became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in 2012. He also won the Olympic road cycling time trial and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year last year.

“This puts closure to 2012,” he said.

Wiggins repeated that he’s planning to ride in the 2014 Tour de France after missing this year’s grand tour with a knee injury. Team Sky teammate Chris Froome won the Tour after being one of Wiggins’ support riders in 2012.

Wiggins and Froome have not always been on the best of terms.

“[Froome] has the right to defend that title next year,” Wiggins said. “If I can play a support role, even, I’d love to be back in a successful team and on the start line.”

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