Brailsford 'humbled' by knighthood

  • Last Updated: February 28 2013, 17:54 GMT

Sir Dave Brailsford received personal recognition for overseeing British cycling's annus mirabilis when he was presented with his knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Brailsford 'humbled' by knighthood

Brailsford guided Great Britain's Olympic cyclists to eight gold medals, including seven from 10 events on the track, replicating the haul from the 2008 Games in Beijing.

As Team Sky principal he also oversaw Sir Bradley Wiggins' historic Tour de France victory ahead of team-mate Chris Froome.

It was a double day of delight for Brailsford, who was celebrating his birthday.

"I'm honoured," he said on www.britishcycling.org.uk: "It means so much and is such a humbling experience. I'm very proud.

"The Queen congratulated me on my birthday, which is actually on the 29th, which made her chuckle. I'm 49.

"We talked about the Olympics and how proud everyone was and what a great event it had been."

Brailsford, who has committed to the two roles until the Rio de Janeiro Olympics of 2016, took the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of his riders.

"I have seen their development for many, many years and all the background work, all the laughter and the tears and the pain," he said.

"It was fantastic for the country, of course, but particularly good for the riders and the sport of cycling itself."

He added on Sky Sports News: "It's a unique moment in my life. It's nice to be here and it is a great honour.

"I've been involved in cycling for most of my life, and in the last few years British Cycling and Team Sky have really progressed and helped make the sport more mainstream here in the UK.

"I'm here on behalf of the sport - what the riders, the backroom staff, and our partners have helped achieve.

"We've all contributed to the progression of cycling and I'm the lucky person who's here to represent all that."

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny, who won two gold medals at London 2012, received his OBE, while Joanna Rowsell, one third of the team pursuit-winning trio, received her MBE.


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