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Sir Chris Hoy adds his voice to calls for first British Tour winner's achievement to get official recognition...

The odds on Bradley Wiggins to be knighted in the New Year’s Honours List have shortened considerably since he became the first British winner of the Tour de France yesterday, according to the online betting odds comparison site, Oddschecker. Sir Chris Hoy, knighted after winning three gold medals in Beijing four years ago, is among those calling for the honour to be bestowed on the Team Sky rider.

Oddschecker's latest showing of odds on Wiggins hearing the words “Arise, Sir Bradley…” reveals that they have come in from 6/1 to approaching even money, according to the latest updates on the website – one bookmaker has him at 6/4, another at 5/4. Should he win time trial gold in London a week on Wednesday, you’d imagine he’d be odds-on.

Wiggins, whose Olympic career began with helping Great Britain clinch bronze in the team pursuit in Sydney in 2000, was named an OBE after winning individual pursuit gold at Athens in 2004, where he also clinched team pursuit silver and Madison bronze.

At Beijing, he won two gold medals in the individual and team pursuits to take his tally to three. Hoy, who won kilo gold in Athens, has four, plus a bronze. Both appear on track to take their personal tallies to seven at London, making them Great Britain’s most successful Olympians in terms of medals won.

Speaking to the media as he was named Great Britain’s flag carrier for Friday’s opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, Hoy was asked if he felt Wiggins, too, should receive a knighthood.

“Any accolades or honours that come his way will be fully deserved,” said the Scot, quoted on Telegraph.co.uk.

“We keep mentioning golden eras, and after Beijing we thought that was as good as things could be, but to have this success in a truly global event such as the Tour de France is remarkable.

“I’ve known Bradley since he was 16 and have seen him go through the ranks to be a champion in every ­single facet of the sport that he has participated in.

“There’s a side to Bradley you don’t always see, very humorous. He’s a fun guy to be with, but he leads from the front, he can produce the goods.

“He decided he wanted to be Tour de France champion. He is hugely talented, and I think the public have warmed to the way he handled himself and performed for three weeks.

“Any day something could go wrong, a crash, a puncture, and your dream is over. But he produced three weeks of perfect racing in the toughest conditions.

“We are still pinching ourselves at what he and the team have achieved. In the cycling camp, things could not be going much better, training-wise and morale.”

“Cycling has received a huge profile boost and hopefully we can continue that in Olympics. Hopefully it will get even more popular in the UK. We could have so many positives, not just for Olympics, but for the health of the nation and reducing congestion. I hope that can continue.”

One word of caution, however. Given that the Yeomen of the Guard, better known as Beefeaters, are in attendance at investitures, and seeing some of the mutton chop whiskers sported among their number, there’s a chance that the sideburn-sporting Wiggins might get ideas and take to the road with some even more spectacular facial hair in 2013.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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fatbeggaronabike [755 posts] 3 years ago
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SPOTY at the very least!

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Niall [38 posts] 3 years ago
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Wonder if his views have changed since this piece from no less a news source that 'The People'..

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BRADLEY WIGGINS insists the prospect of a knighthood appeals to him about as much as a flat pint of bitter and a stale bag of pork scratchings.

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mattsccm [324 posts] 3 years ago
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SPOTY would be good but 2 cyclists in a row? It will be some good but not outstanding runner or even worse a tennis player

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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It would be ace to see 2 cyclists in a row and would really highlight how the sport is on the rise in the UK, but I can see Mattsccm's point. Thing is, Brad and the team have been consistent since the start of the season and won so much that is worthwhile, but in the mind of Joe public, he's probably just popped up to win the tour.

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Strathlubnaig [113 posts] 3 years ago
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I dare say the rest of the team will be well chuffed if Wiggins gets a gong.

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Cooks [490 posts] 3 years ago
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As long as Lesley Garrett doesn't sing at the ceremony....

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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That was indeed the worst bit of the 'awards' bit on Sunday. The best being Wiggo taking the mic and saying "We are now going to give out the prizes for the raffle". Genius.

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doc [167 posts] 3 years ago
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Cooks wrote:

As long as Lesley Garrett doesn't sing at the ceremony....

Yes, a bit odd, that. At least Brad was his best funny self....!  1

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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 3 years ago
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It would be nice if Brad did what that other great national treasure Alan Bennett as done and turn down a nighthood. If I'd won the TDF - joining the same club as Philip Green and Brucie would seem a bit pointless to me...

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cat1commuter [1418 posts] 3 years ago
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Who cares about that other stuff.

HE JUST WON THE F***ING TOUR DE FRANCE!

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 3 years ago
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Agree with the comments re Lesley Garrett above. That performance from her was truly awful and I'm sure Brad was wincing at one point

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handlebarcam [543 posts] 3 years ago
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A knighthood? Sod that, Wiggo for Prez!

Seriously, when Lance Armstrong retired the first time, in 2005, he was widely tipped for the Governorship of Texas, with an eye on a possible run at the White House. He probably didn't want it, and the skeletons in his closet probably preclude it, but it was an option. In contrast, the most that Bradley Wiggins can aspire to in this country is to have some German bint tap him on his shoulders with a sword, and for people to call him "Sir Wadley of Briggins" or something. That, to me, is sad.

He might reject it but, unlike Alan Bennett, he is an employee of a commercial entity, which like all such organisations these days is ruled by publicists. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a clause in Wiggins's contract that says he must accept any honour offered to him, and must mention Sky and IG Markets at least five times when interviewed outside the palace.

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Cauld Lubter [132 posts] 3 years ago
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Wiggins for Pope!

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Leviathan [1775 posts] 2 years ago
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Why is this a 'top story' today?!
Everyone knows Sir Bradley Wiggins now.

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 2 years ago
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Counter resets to zero once a day, so for a very brief time after you do sometimes get the odd random old story topping the pile... suspect it sometimes depends on what people are searching for at the time and a story finishing high in Google results. They usually drop off the list quickly.

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 2 years ago
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ps Search on "Bradley Wiggins odds" and this story is fifth result on Google... I suspect after losing a little time in Giro today, some people were checking whether they could get some decent value.