SIR Chris Hoy will carry the flag for Team GB at Friday’s opening ceremony of London 2012, the British Olympic Association has confirmed.

It is the second successive time the cyclist has been given the honour – he also carried the Union Flag at the closing ceremony in Beijing four years ago.

The Scot won the biggest number of votes among the 542 members of the British team.

Among those offering their congratulations was Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling who is from Whalley and is also Pendle Council’s executive director for regeneration.

Cookson said: “To be selected as a flagbearer at any Olympic Games is a great honour but to be selected for the home Games is an extra special achievement and I’d like to personally congratulate Sir Chris.

“Chris has been an outstanding ambassador to the sport of cycling throughout his extensive career, and we’re proud that he is a fellow member of British Cycling.

“To have Chris carry the flag is another milestone in the success of cycling in Britain.”