NOW Sir Bradley Wiggins has received a knighthood, he is considering an image transformation.
The Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France champion - who was voted in at number 30 for best-dressed male by GQ magazine - has joked that he may now take to wearing a bowler hat to reinforce the quintessential British character – especially for the benefit of his French fans.
He said of his new title: “They will love it. It will add to the myth. I will have to get a bowler hat as well. They are fascinated with our Britishness, our culture and things like knighthoods.’
The adopted Wiganer said the title was not something that “sits incredibly easily with me” – and added that he did not intend to use the title in daily life.
He added: “They have given it to me for being who I am, so that’s nice in itself.
“It shows someone like me can get it, from my background.
“I will probably use it in a kind of comedy way – but not in a serious way.
“It’s an amazing thing to have in the drawer for my wife, my kids and my family.”
Meanwhile, the Wigan Warriors fan, who was recently crowned Sports Personality of the year, has chained his prestigious BBC trophy to the bar at his local pub.
The prize has taken the pride of place at the Original Farmers Arms in Eccleston, near Wigan, where he is a regular.