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Wiggins felt 'inferior' after receiving knighthood

ESPN staff
December 10, 2013
Sir Bradley Wiggins stated he would return to training hours after receiving his knighthood © PA Photos

Sir Bradley Wiggins stated he felt "inferior" when receiving his knighthood from The Queen on Tuesday, but admitted the honour was "humbling."

Wiggins was joined by his wife and two children at Buckingham Palace, where he was honoured for his services to cycling. The 33-year-old became the first British winner of the Tour de France in 2012, before going on to win Olympic gold at the London Games.

However, the Brit admitted he was at slight unease during the ceremony and that he would return to training just hours after receiving the honour.

"It was quite nerve-wracking actually. I'm just incredibly uncomfortable in those circumstances," Wiggins told ITV Sport. "I'm still shaking now, to be honest. I'm glad it's over. The Queen asked what I'm doing now, and it was an incredible summer last year.

"I mean it's quite humbling, really, being here. I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they've been honoured for, and they're historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever. I've won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone, really.

"I'll probably be training this evening. It's just ongoing at the moment. We [my family and I] are going to spend the afternoon together, but I'm staying here now to train until Christmas."

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