Hoy to carry GB flag

  • Last Updated: July 23 2012, 20:40 BST

Sir Chris Hoy will be the flagbearer for the British team at Friday's London 2012 opening ceremony - but admits he would have skipped the event had he not been picked.

Hoy to carry GB flag

Hoy described winning the vote by fellow athletes as "a huge honour".

The Scot, who has four gold medals and a silver from three previous Games, has never yet attended an opening ceremony and would have missed out on London too had he not been selected.

Hoy said: "The team is not due to travel until the Saturday, chances are I probably would not have gone so it's a great opportunity for me in my last Olympics.

"It will be something special and especially with it being the home Games it will be quite an experience.

"It's the stuff of dreams and I am still in shock a little bit at receiving such a huge honour."

Hoy added the impact of Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France victory, completed only on Sunday, had reverberated around the British Olympic cycling team.

He said: "The general feeling is just of sheer excitement and anticipation. It is reaching fever pitch."

He also warned Wiggins that his life will now change dramatically - that is likely to be even more the case should the 32-year-old become cycling's next knight of the realm.

"Any accolades or honours that come his way will be fully deserved," added Hoy.

"In the cycling world he's a superstar already, he's used to a lot of attention wherever he travels. In the UK that is where the real change will happen when he is walking about. I think his life will change drastically, but I think he will handle it very well, I don't see him changing and he'll be just the same Bradley we have always known.

"I've know Bradley since he was 16 and have seen him go through the ranks to be a champion in every single facet of the sport that he has participated in.

"There's a side to Bradley you don't always see, very humorous, he's a fun guy to be with, but he leads from the front, he can produce the goods."

It was cycling that propelled Britain to fourth place in the medals table in Beijing with seven golds out of the total of 19, and Hoy hopes all-round Tour de France success - three other members of the British Olympic team also won stages apart from Wiggins - has put the team into the perfect place.

"We keep mentioning golden eras, and after Beijing we thought that was as good as things could be, but to have this success in a truly global event such as the Tour de France is remarkable," he said.

"In the cycling camp things could not be going much better, training wise and morale. To see the road guys in the Tour de France performing so well and achieving historic things day by day, not just the overall win.

"Cycling has received a huge profile boost and hopefully we can continue that in Olympics.

"Hopefully it will get even more popular in the UK and we will get more people onto bikes. We could have so many positives not just for Olympics, but for the health of the nation and reducing congestion, I hope that can continue."

Sir Chris Hoy factfile

1976: Born Edinburgh on March 23

1987: Finishes 10th in BMX World Championships as an 11-year-old.

1993: Finishes second in the coxless pairs at the British national rowing championships.

1999: Win silver in team sprint at European Championships and silver in same event at World Championships. Graduates in Sports Science from Moray House Institute, Edinburgh.

2000: Wins silver in team sprint at Olympics in Sydney and at World Championships in Manchester.

2002: Beats Olympic champion Jason Queally to win kilometre time-trial at Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Also wins bronze in team sprint. Wins gold in kilometre and team sprint at World Championships.

2003: Loses kilometre title after finishing outside the medal places at the World Championships.

2004: May - Wins kilometre gold medal at World Championships.

August - Wins kilometre gold medal at the Olympic Games, setting sea-level world record with time of 1:00.711.

2005: Wins gold in team sprint and bronze in kilometre at World Championships.

2006: Wins gold in team sprint and bronze in kilometre at Commonwealth Games. Wins gold in kilometre and silver in team sprint at World Championships.

2007: Wins gold in keirin and kilometre and silver in team sprint at World Championships. Falls short of kilometre world record by 0.005 seconds in La Paz, Bolivia.

2008: March - Becomes first British cyclist in 54 years to win world sprint title at World Championships in Manchester. Also wins gold in keirin and silver in team sprint.

August 15: Wins Olympic gold in team sprint in Beijing along with Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny.

August 16: Wins gold in the men's keirin.

August 19: Wins another gold medal - his third of the Beijing Games - in the men's sprint, making him Britain's most successful Olympian at a single Olympics for 100 years.

December 14: Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

December 31: Awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

2009: February 14 - suffers a hip injury during keirin final at Copenhagen World Cup which forces him to miss World Championships in Pruszkow.

2010: March - Wins 10th world title with keirin victory in Copenhagen. Bronze in team sprint.

July - Announces intention to miss Commonwealth Games.

November - Third in team sprint at European Championships in Pruszkow.

2011: March - Takes silver in three events at World Championships in Apeldoorn.

2012: February - Wins sprint and keirin at London World Cup, an event which doubles as the Olympic test event.

April - Wins keirin world title in Melbourne. Claims bronze in the sprint after being beaten by Kenny in the semi-final.

July 23 - named as Great Britain's flagbearer for the London 2012 opening ceremony.