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Wiggins is 3rd cyclist in 5 years to win Sports Personality prize

Bradley Wiggins became the third cyclist in five years to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year, following Mark Cavendish last year and Sir Chris Hoy in 2008.

The only cyclist to win the coveted prize before that trio was Tommy Simpson – in 1965.

Compounding the argument that cycling is pretty popular with the public right now came the news that Wiggins scored 30.25 per cent – almost a third – of the public vote on the night, ahead of Jessica Ennis (who came in second and third placed Andy Murray.

Other popular finalists included Mo Farah, David Weird, Ellie Simmonds, Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Rory McIlroy, Katherine Granger and cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Sarah Storey.

You’ll need no reminding that Wiggins also won gold in the Olympic time trial this year and became the first Briton to win the Tour de France. Wiggins said: ""Sports Personality is a bit of an institution in our house and always has been. To win this it’s very difficult to put into words.

"It’s incredible, and I’m very proud. It’s something I certainly wanted to win."

Dave Brailsford was named top coach for his work with Team Sky and Team GB, as he was back in 2008 when Hoy picked up SPOTY. Brailsford paid tribute to Wiggins and said: "It’s important that we can demonstrate you can win the biggest races clean and that is what Bradley is doing.

"He’s a fantastic athlete who works extremely hard.

"What he did was quite remarkable. The series of wins he had this year was better than any other cyclist. If you add in the element of personality, then he certainly has that."

There’s more on the awards night at the BBC’s site. To see Wiggo pick up the award on iPlayer (for a limited time) click here.

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