Arise Sir Wiggo, knight of the road

Bradley Wiggins has been knighted in recognition of his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs

Bradley Wiggins has been knighted in recognition of his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs

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Bradley Wiggins, the Mod from Kilburn who made sporting history by winning the Tour de France and Olympic gold this year, is knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Sir Bradley heads a sparkling list of sporting heroes, including sailor Ben Ainslie, who gets a knighthood, para-cyclist Sarah Storey, who is made a dame, and Jess Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Mo Farah and David Weir, who all get CBEs.

Affectionately known as Wiggo, the first British winner of the the Tour said: "I never ever 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."

Knighthoods also go to Ainslie, the most decorated sailor in Olympic history with four gold medals at four consecutive Games, and Dave Brailsford and David Tanner, performance directors at British Cycling and British Rowing, who drove their teams to success at London 2012.

CBEs go to some of sport's biggest household names - rower Katherine Grainger, heptathlete and London 2012 poster girl Ennis, cyclist Pendleton, wheelchair athlete Weir, and Farah, who captured the nation's hearts with his double gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

OBEs go to equestrians Sophie Christiansen and Charlotte Dujardin, tennis hero Andy Murray, paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and cycling couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny. A host of sporting stars were also honoured with MBEs.

There was also recognition for the people who made the Games such a success, from Lord Coe, who becomes a Companion of Honour (CH), to Jean Tomlin, who was in charge of the Games Maker programme and gets an OBE.

But a notable absentee from the list is opening ceremony master Danny Boyle, amid speculation he turned down an honour.

Away from sport, there is a knighthood for illustrator Quentin Blake and CBEs for artist Tracey Emin, choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and singer/songwriter Kate Bush.

Actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Stella McCartney get OBEs, while former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash gets an MBE. Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair is given a CBE in recognition of her service to women's issues and to charity in the UK and overseas.

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