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Geraint Thomas made an OBE in New Year Honours

Tour de France champion says honour is "icing on the cake" of a memorable year...

Geraint Thomas, who had been tipped for a knighthood in the New Year Honours List, published today, has instead been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

The Tour de France champion was already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) after winning his first Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

Thomas, who earlier this month was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, said of his OBE: "This is an amazing honour.

"2018 will always be a year I remember for everything I achieved around both the Dauphiné and especially the Tour.

"This is the icing on the cake and I am so grateful to everyone who played a part in helping me get recognised once again."

His Team Sky colleague, Chris Froome, was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List following the second of his four Tour de France victories.

Away from sport, two other people have been honoured today for their work in cycling.

Malcolm Margolis – a past winner of Cycling UK’s Volunteer of the Year award for his campaigning work, has been awarded the British Empire Medal “for services to cycling in Harrogate.”

Also receiving the British Empire Medal, “for services to transport,” is Elina Kammelard, who works on cycling and walking policy at the Department for Transport.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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