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    "Rise, Sir Bradley"?

    To all the Brits out there - is it possible this year, seeing that the guy already is CBE?

    Curious minds need to know.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sci_femme View Post
    To all the Brits out there - is it possible this year, seeing that the guy already is CBE?

    Curious minds need to know.....

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    Yep it's entirely possible. If Chris Hoy has a knighthood Wiggins should have one too. I'd actually like Victoria Pendleton to be given a Dame.

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    Given the turbulent history of recent tour winners tarnished reputations I would suggest that the honour is held off for a few years, at least til his career is over anyway!

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    Unfortunately it is entirely possible, yes. It's about time we abandoned this nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    Unfortunately it is entirely possible, yes. It's about time we abandoned this nonsense.
    I tend to agree with you; honors are anachronistic. But if Bradley becomes a Knight, Victoria should become a Dame.

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    I don't get the furore, you should see the British papers this morning.

    Ok, I appreciate he did a great thing, but it's not like he was doing a paper round last week and now he's won the tour de france. He's Olympic champion and he's had the sky team with all that entails getting him to this point. I'd have been more surprised if Sky hadn't won the tour this year.

    I like Bradley, I think he's great in interviews, has a real passion for cycling and the tour and is clearly a very talented rider, but the British press are saying he's the best British sports person ever.

    Some athletes train with a small team, no money and in run down gyms and still go on to be world champions. I think this needs some perspective.

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    I heard someone remark on itv4 about the football of 1966. oh boy, who the heck cares about winning something 46 years ago. forget the past, celebrate the current.
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    has BW ever met the queen before this? if not, he will now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve2k View Post
    I don't get the furore, you should see the British papers this morning.

    Ok, I appreciate he did a great thing, but it's not like he was doing a paper round last week and now he's won the tour de france. He's Olympic champion and he's had the sky team with all that entails getting him to this point. I'd have been more surprised if Sky hadn't won the tour this year.

    I like Bradley, I think he's great in interviews, has a real passion for cycling and the tour and is clearly a very talented rider, but the British press are saying he's the best British sports person ever.

    Some athletes train with a small team, no money and in run down gyms and still go on to be world champions. I think this needs some perspective.
    I think this is the greatest ever single sporting achievement by a British person. I wonder if the tabloids would agree with me, were the Sky team not part of the Murdoch image rehabilitation process?
    The News International connection may hurt Wiggins chances of short term recognition. In the long term, he will be offered a great many tributes- but which ones will he accept?

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    From Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...86N12K20120724

    Not quite knighthood, but its a start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaneur View Post
    I think this is the greatest ever single sporting achievement by a British person. I wonder if the tabloids would agree with me, were the Sky team not part of the Murdoch image rehabilitation process?
    The News International connection may hurt Wiggins chances of short term recognition. In the long term, he will be offered a great many tributes- but which ones will he accept?
    Hmm. Greatest ever sporting achievement by a Brit? I'm a cycling fan, so that's tempting, but comparisons between different sports are difficult. Roger Bannister? He wasn't the first Brit, he was THE FIRST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaneur View Post
    I think this is the greatest ever single sporting achievement by a British person. I wonder if the tabloids would agree with me, were the Sky team not part of the Murdoch image rehabilitation process?
    The News International connection may hurt Wiggins chances of short term recognition. In the long term, he will be offered a great many tributes- but which ones will he accept?
    Perhaps not England's greatest sporting achievement. In light of the fact, however, that it took an Englishman ALL of these years to finally win a Tour, let the chap get his knighthood.

    He may be the last Englishman to win the Tour for a long while, so enjoy the moment.
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    So any votes for Dame Victoria Pendleton?

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    What if they Knight him and he gets caught doping... makes them look bad (just getting you Brits going)

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