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Cycling hero Chris Froome among those to collect honours

Double Tour de France winning cyclist Chris Froome is among those who will collect honours at Buckingham Palace on 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.

Former TV journalist Sir Martyn Lewis will also attend the ceremony to receive his knighthood for services to charity, particularly the hospice movement.

The 71-year-old has been involved in the voluntary sector for 33 years and holds a range of high-level roles in public bodies and charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice UK.

During his long television career he anchored mainstream national news programmes on both ITV and the BBC, and he is a member of the board at the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Crime writer Simon Brett and Christopher Wheeldon, a choreographer at The Royal Ballet, will also pick up OBEs.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Khadak Chhetri, of the Army's Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Company, will collect his late grandfather's MBE.

Subedar-Major Kalu Chettri was awarded the honour in 1947 for his service during the Second World War, when he was held captive for more than three-and-a-half years by the Japanese forces occupying Singapore.

WO2 Chhetri only discovered his grandfather had been awarded the honour when he found the citation in the Ministry of Defence Medal Office and it is believed the older man was never made aware of it.


From Belfast Telegraph