Queen's congratulations for Wiggins

24 July 2012 / 13:04

The Queen has sent her "warmest congratulations" to Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins.

In her message of support she praised his historic achievement of becoming the first Briton to win the greatest endurance race in cycling. There have been calls for Wiggins to be awarded a knighthood, with bookmaker Coral offering 2/1 that he will become Sir Bradley before the end of next year.

The Queen said in her message: "I send you my warmest congratulations on becoming the first British cyclist ever to win the Tour de France. Your historic achievement of claiming overall victory in this prestigious event is a great testament to the efforts of you and your team-mates."

Wiggins made history on Sunday when he crossed the finish line in Paris's Champs-Elysees, telling reporters: "Job done".

However, he is not expected to spend long resting as he will be competing for an Olympic medal in the men's cycling road race which starts and finishes in The Mall on Saturday and will pass Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will watch the riders set off.