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'Sir' Dave Brailsford receiving his knighthood from The Queen Credit: ITV News Central

The man behind Great Britain's cycling success at London 2012 has received a knighthood from The Queen.

Dave Brailsford, from Long Eaton in Derbyshire, guided Great Britain's Olympic cyclists to eight gold medals, including seven from 10 events on the track.

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Midlands actor Adrian Lester has been honoured an OBE for his services to drama by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

British cycling genius awarded knighthood

The man behind Team GB's success at the London 2012 Olympics has been awarded with a knighthood as part of the New Year's Honours 2013.

Sir Dave Brailsford – the coach behind Bradley Wiggins and general manager of Team Sky – has described the title as "weird and uncomfortable with a bit of pride".

Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Sir Dave Brailsford became a professional cyclist in 1984, and joined British Cycling on a consultancy basis in 1998, where he later became programmes director.

On top of coaching both Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy, he has also lead British cycling in the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.

Dave Brailsford was awarded MBE in 2005 and named coach of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.


Honour for Team GB cycling coach

Great Britain's coach Dave Brailsford Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dave Brailsford, team GB's cycling head coach and the head of the team which helped Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de Francewill be presented with the Freedom of the Borough by Erewash Borough Council later.

The civic honour is only granted by a local authority to people who have achieved at the highest level.

Derbyshire man wins coach of the year award

Dave Brailsford accepts his coach of the year award during the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012, at the ExCel Arena, London Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The man responsible for a large portion of Team GB's success this year, Dave Brailsford from Derbyshire has won coach of the year.

The British Cycling performance director Brailsford was key to Britain's 15 cycling medals in London and headed the Team Sky outfit which guided Bradley Wiggins to victory in the Tour de France.

Dave Brailsford said: "They did a brilliant job. I would like to thank head coach Shane Sutton and all the team for the hard work they have done.

"It's great because everyone sniggered when we said we would win the Tour de France in five years with a clean British rider."