Ilkeston’s finest is honoured by Queen

Dave Brailsford after receiving his Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Dave Brailsford after receiving his Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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He was the brains behind Britain’s incredible summer of cycling success – and now he’s been honoured by the Queen.

Ilkeston’s own Sir Dave Brailsford – performance director for Team GB at the London Olympics and coach of the first British winner of the Tour de France – has spoken of his pride after receiving the honour at Buckingham Palace.

He said: “We spoke briefly about the Olympic Games and about what a proud moment it was for the country.”

Sir David said there were new challenges ahead, such as aiming for a second Tour de France win and continuing to build Team Sky and the British Olympic team.

He said: “We’re looking forward to Rio.”

Sir David’s mantra of ‘marginal gains’, which included washing hands, sleeping with the same pillow and using single stripe toothpaste, will all go down in sporting history as the formula that helped Team GB’s cyclists win 12 medals at the 2012 London Olympics.

The performance director received the honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace a day before his 49th birthday and said his success was a team effort.

He said the Queen wished him a happy birthday at the ceremony on Thursday for the following day and she had ‘a chuckle’ when he told her he was born in a leap year.