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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."

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".

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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.

Doctor: Bradley Wiggins 'needs to rest' injured knee

Sky team doctor Richard Freeman said Bradley Wiggins could not compete in the Tour de France because he needs time to recover from a knee injury:

The chest infection that caused his withdrawal from the Giro has responded to treatment and rest. It has completely cleared up.

However, further medical investigations on the knee injury that we were managing at the Giro showed the condition was more significant than we thought. It’s needed intensive treatment and, whilst it will be fully resolved,

Bradley now needs to rest completely for five days before a gradual, return to full training over a period of two to three weeks.”

– Richard Freeman, Team Sky doctor

Team Sky 'can't consider Wiggins for selection'

Bradley Wiggins' team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford of Team Sky, said the Tour de France champion would not be considered for selection due to his injury problems:

With illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour. It’s a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won’t consider him for selection.

He hasn’t been able to train hard since the Giro and now he needs further rest. Whilst we all know these things happen in sport, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a huge disappointment for everyone in the team – and above all for Brad.

It’s incredibly sad to have the reigning champion at Team Sky but not lining up at the Tour. But he’s a champion, a formidable athlete and will come back winning as he has before.

– Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Principal

Wiggins: 'Huge disappointment' to miss Tour

Sir Bradley Wiggins said he was forced to pull out of this summer's Tour de France because he had not been able to train due to injury:

It’s a huge disappointment not to make the Tour. I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way - but It’s not going to happen. I can’t train the way I need to train and I’m not going to be ready.

Once you accept that, it’s almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time.

I’ve been through this before, when I broke my collarbone, so I know how it works. I’ll get this sorted, set new goals for this season and focus on those.

This team has so many riders in great shape, ready for selection and we set incredible standards for performance which shouldn’t be compromised. We need to have the best chance to win.

– Sir Bradley Wiggins
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