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Sir Bradley Wiggins fails in Paris-Roubaix bid

Sir Bradley Wiggins finished 18th at Paris-Roubaix. Credit: PA

Sir Bradley Wiggins failed to sign off from Team Sky with a win at Paris-Roubaix as Germany's John Degenkolb triumphed in the gruelling 151-mile trek.

The 2012 Tour de France champion, who is quitting both Team Sky and the road in order to return to the track ahead of the Rio Olympics, was in contention for victory but faded near the finish to come home 18th.

Earlier in the race, several riders came close to being hit by a train as they raced over a rail crossing as a TGV approached.

Sir Bradley: 'I never imagined I would become a knight'

Sir Bradley Wiggins will receive his Knighthood for services to cycling today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking after being named in the New Year's Honours List, the cyclist said: "It's quite something really.

"I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour, but there's a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in.

"There was never any doubt whether I'd accept it or not, it was more a case that I never saw myself as a Sir, and I probably never will.

"I don't like profiting from status so it's more for my family. It's nice for my parents and grandparents to be able to say I'm a knight, and for my kids in the future."

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Wiggins to be awarded Knighthood at Palace ceremony

Sir Bradley Wiggins is to be formally awarded a Knighthood today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Bradley Wiggins is to be awarded a Knighthood for services to cycling. Credit: Press Association

It was announced in the New Year Honours list that Britain's most decorated cyclist was to receive the honour for services to cycling following his Tour de France win and gold at London 2012.

Sir Bradley Wiggins to lead Tour of Britain team

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has been announced as the leader of the Tour of Britain team, which begins on September 15 in Peebles, Scotland.

The 33-year-old will joined by Ian Stannard, Josh Edmondson, Bernhard Eisel, Mathew Hayman and David Lopez as part of the six-man team.

Bradley Wiggins after winning the Tour de France last year. Credit: PA

Sir Bradley said: "I'm really looking forward to the Tour of Britain; it's a race I’m fond of and it’s nice to see it growing in stature each year.

"The crowds and the roads make it special and it’s always very humbling to see the fantastic support that we get from the public".

Bradley Wiggins to retire from road racing next year

Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete for one more year with Team Sky before retiring from professional road racing next summer.

In an interview with The Times (£), Wiggins said there was little chance of him winning the Tour de France again.

Sir Bradley Wiggins said he has his sights set on a gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Speaking of teammate Chris Froome, he said, "I don't mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me. He has age on his side, he has no kids. That's fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five tours now."

Wiggins is setting his sights on a return to the velodrome at Rio 2016, telling the newspaper, "I'm going to continue to the next Olympics and try for a fifth gold on the track, that's the plan".

"It would be nice to finish the career with another Olympic gold," he added.

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