Mark Cavendish is up against nine other athletes. None are footballers (which is good). And none are women, either (which is odd).

Cav is bookie’s favourite for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

World champion road cyclist Mark Cavendish has been nominated as one of ten athletes up for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The award night will be held on Thursday, 22nd December with coverage on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website. It’s a big deal and Cavendish has a good chance of success. The winner is chosen by a public phone vote. This often means a footballer wins…

The shortlist (in alphabetical order) is: Mark Cavendish, Darren Clarke (golf), Alastair Cook (cricket), Luke Donald (golf), Mo Farah (athletics), Dai Greene (athletics), Amir Khan (boxing), Rory McIlroy (golf), Andy Murray (tennis), and Andrew Strauss (cricket).

Photo: Mogens Engelund

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