Bradley Wiggins reveals Paul Weller convinced him to accept his knighthood

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The Olympic medallist says he took advice from the Modfather

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has revealed that Paul Weller helped convince him to accept his knighthood from the Queen in 2012.

Wiggins, a well-known Mod, recently told BBC Sport that he was considering turning down the honour.

“I never saw myself as a sir. I said to my nan I wasn’t going to accept it. She said ‘you’re stupid’,” he said.

The Olympic medallist went on to reveal that it was the former Jam frontman that managed to change his mind. He recalled: “[Weller] gave me the nod on it. We were talking about it at my tailor’s one day. I kind of had his blessing.”

Wiggins continued: “I love the history of it and what it used to stand for, knights that would go out to battle and be rewarded – that’s almost quite true to sport.”

Bradley Wiggins compiled an exclusive NME playlist in 2012, choosing tracks by the likes of The Smiths, The Jam, Dr Feelgood and more.

Meanwhile, Paul Weller releases his new album ‘Saturns Pattern’ today (May 11). The record is Weller’s 12th album and the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Sonik Kicks’. Musicians on the record include Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Pilgrim, Syd Arthur and The Strypes’ Josh McClorey.

Weller previously said that ‘Saturns Pattern’ is “one of the best things I’ve done”. He added: “I can’t compare it to any of my other albums. I think it’s different not just for me, but different from what else is around.”

The former Jam frontman also told NME that the record “is just bonkers in places” but that “it’s really melodic and there’s great tunes on there”.

Weller also teamed up with Johnny Marr in March at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a cover of Junior Walker & The Allstars‘ ‘(I’m A) Roadrunner’. Watch here.

Following his sold out 14-date UK tour in March, Weller will also go on an arena tour in November and December of this year.

Paul Weller will play:

Brighton Centre (November 20)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (21)
Bournemouth BIC (22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (25)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)
Manchester Arena (28)
Leeds First Direct Arena (29)
London Eventim Apollo (December 4, 5)

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