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10/12/2013 08:21 GMT | Updated 10/12/2013 08:31 GMT

Sir Bradley Wiggins Receives Knighthood From The Queen (PICTURES)

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Sir Bradley Wiggins is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, central London.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he will be training for the 2016 Olympics this evening despite the perfect excuse for a night off - being knighted by the Queen.

The 33-year-old was honoured for services to cycling in a career that has included seven Olympic medals and becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Sir Bradley, who was joined at Buckingham Palace today by his wife and two children, said the title was an "incredible honour" for the "inferior" accomplishment of winning a bike race.

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Wiggins bows before the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Still visibly shell-shocked moments after the ceremony, he said: "It was quite nerve-wracking actually. I'm just incredibly uncomfortable in those circumstances.

"I'm still shaking now, to be honest. I'm glad it's over. The Queen asked what I'm doing now, and it was an incredible summer last year.

Wiggins receives knighthood

"I mean it's quite humbling, really, being here. I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they've been honoured for, and they're historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever.

"I've won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone, really.

"It's just the end of the road in a sense, in that it tops off the closure of last summer as it were, even though it's more than a year ago. It's a great honour."