Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Knight on the Tiles

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Knight on the Tiles

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Nicholas Cecil

BRADLEY WIGGINS celebrated his victory as the nation's most decorated Olympian in the best British style -- by getting "blind drunk".

As calls grew for the hero cyclist to receive a knighthood, he summed up the mood of the country with the emotional message: "Well, what a day."

He spent last night toasting his gold medal on the rooftop bar of his hotel, telling his Twitter followers: "Blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages. Thank you everyone, it's been emotional. X."

The knighthood campaign was launched today after the Kilburn-born star, 32, claimed Team GB's second gold of the Games by winning the Olympic time trials just 10 days after he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France. British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan said: "We will certainly be making representations" MPs joined the growing calls for a knighthood, as did the staff at the 10-floor Grange St Paul's Hotel where Wiggins is staying. Drinks manager Prasad Withanage said: "Everyone is very happy he is here."

London MP Emily Thornberry said: "He is a national hero, a fantastic role model. If anybody should be knighted, he should be."

John Whittingdale, Tory chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: "His achievement is utterly extraordinary. He is particularly deserving of recognition."

Shadow sports minister Clive Efford said: "He is the most decorated British Olympian ever. Of course, he should be recognised alongside people like Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Steve Redgrave."

A jubilant Wiggins had said after his victory that he would have "a few" vodka tonics to celebrate. He was later pictured partying with friends near St Paul's until 2am this morning, telling fans he planned on "getting wasted".

The cyclist posed for pictures at the Sky Bar of the Grange Hotel in the City where he has been staying before posting images online.

Underneath a picture of himself with a drink in his hand and showing his trademark victory sign, he wrote: "Getting wasted at St Paul's". …

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