Chris Froome receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

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 this Friday.

The 30-year-old was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to cycling following his achievements in the saddle. The Team Sky rider became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France twice after triumphs in 2013 and last year. And this year he is aiming to defend the yellow jersey by winning Le Tour again as well as taking on the Olympic road race, Olympic time trial and Vuelta a Espana.

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.”