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Wiggins calls for Hoy knighthood

Chris Hoy
Hoy was the first Brit in over 100 years to win three golds at one Games

Team GB cyclist Bradley Wiggins has called for triple Olympic gold winner Chris Hoy to be handed a knighthood.

Wiggins won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics while Hoy became the first British athlete in over 100 years to win three at a single Games.

However, Wiggins is adamant that Hoy's achievements in China should be formally recognised with an honour.

He told The Guardian: "It's got to be Sir Chris hasn't it? We've grown up together and the guy's a legend."

Hoy, 32, clinched a hat-trick of gold medals as he beat team-mate Jason Kenny in the sprint event at the Laoshan Velodrome adding to his earlier success in the team sprint and keirin.

Wiggins' gold medals arrived in the individual and team pursuit, bringing his overall Olympic medal haul to six, but he feels all of the praise should be heaped on Hoy.

"We've got some exceptional men and women in the team but Chris did the business.

"It would be a knighthood for the whole of British cycling," said Wiggins.

We've got some exceptional men and women in the team but Chris did the business. It would be a knighthood for the whole of British cycling.

Bradley Wiggins
Speaking about his own chances of receiving the same honour, Wiggins added: "Sir Brad? Who knows? I'm an OBE already. If I'd got one gold in Beijing it would have been a CBE but I got two golds. I'd love it if they thought it might be worth a knighthood.

"I'm quite patriotic in that sense. I like that Queen and country thing. Having grown up in London, with Kilburn two miles down the road from the Palace, it means something.

"There is also the fact that knighthoods mean a lot to a specific sport when, like cycling, it's outside the mainstream."

Scottish National Party, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians joined the former champion cyclist Chris Boardman in calling for Hoy to be knighted shortly after the Olympics ended in Beijing.

The SNP's sports spokesman at Westminster, Pete Wishart, lodged an early day motion at the House of Commons and Labour's Sarah Boyack also joined the calls for the honour to be bestowed on Hoy, who enjoyed his first medal triumph in Athens in 2004.

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