Geraint Thomas has added yet another “superb” accolade to his glittering 2018 as he obtained an OBE within the New 12 months Honours.
Thomas’ sudden however massively common triumph on the Tour de France in July had already led to the Welshman being named BBC Sports activities Character of the 12 months earlier this month.
The most recent honour comes 10 years after Thomas was awarded an MBE following his success within the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the place he received the primary of his two Olympic golds within the group pursuit on the observe.
It’s on the street that Thomas has made his mark this 12 months, along with his Tour win following victory on the prestigious Criterium du Dauphine in June.
“That is a tremendous honour,” Thomas stated.
“2018 will all the time be a 12 months I bear in mind for all the things I achieved round each the Dauphine and particularly the Tour.
“That is the icing on the cake and I’m so grateful to everybody who performed a component in serving to me get recognised as soon as once more.
“I am actually wanting ahead to seeing what 2019 has in retailer, as we glance to create extra historical past as a group.”
The 32-year-old was a shock winner of the Tour this summer time, with many of the pre-race deal with fellow Staff Sky rider Chris Froome, who started the race holding all three Grand Tour titles.
However Thomas rode a sensible, tidy race via a chaotic first week after which seized management with the uncommon achievement of back-to-back summit end victories in La Rosiere and Alpe d’Huez, turning into the primary Briton to win a Tour stage on the well-known Alpe.
At the same time as victory started to look increasingly probably, the affable Thomas by no means allowed any stress to point out as he saved himself composed on and off the bike, with the emotion solely breaking via when victory was successfully confirmed after a time trial on the penultimate day of the Tour.
Thomas will now be focusing on additional success in 2019.
He signed a brand new three-year contract with Staff Sky following the Tour, however the group faces an unsure future with group proprietor and principal sponsor Sky asserting earlier this month it will finish its funding within the sport on the finish of subsequent 12 months.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns paid tribute to Thomas’ achievements.
“There have been few sporting performances this 12 months that captivated the nation greater than Geraint Thomas’ epic pursuit over the mountain levels of the Pyrenees and the Alps,” Cairns stated.
“Collectively along with his team-mates Geraint displayed the immense grit and dedication wanted to safe and preserve maintain of that coveted yellow jersey.
“He is an excellent ambassador for biking, an inspirational position mannequin and completely deserves his place in historical past. Congratulations Geraint in your well-deserved honour.”