Double Tour de France winner Chris Froome officially presented with his OBE by the Duke of Cambridge

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Tour de France champion Chris Froome was officially presented with his Order of the British Empire by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner was given the award in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his services to cycling.

When the honour was announced in January, Froome said: “I am extremely humbled and very proud to receive this honour. It is obviously further recognition for the sport of cycling and it caps a fantastic year for me professionally and personally.

“It wouldn’t be possible without the help of my teammates, coaches and of course the love and support from my family.”

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Froome is only the second British rider to win the Tour, after Bradley Wiggins became the first in 2012. Froome is now the only British rider to win two editions of the race, and is currently one of the world’s top stage racers.


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The 30-year-old Team Sky rider is aiming to take a third Tour de France victory this July, and is scheduled to take part in the road race and time trial at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Froome came away with a bronze medal in the time trial behind Wiggins and German Tony Martin with silver at the 2012 Games in London .

So far this season, Froome has won the Herald Sun Tour overall and a stage of the Tour de Romandie.