Cyclist Bradley Wiggins was named BBC Sports Personality of
the Year today to cap a remarkable 12 months when he became
the first Briton to win the Tour de France and followed it up
with Olympic gold.
Wiggins topped the prestigious poll, voted for by members of
the British public, ahead of Olympic heptathlon champion
Jessica Ennis and US Open and Olympic tennis champion Andy
"What a year, to stand on this stage with the people next to
me is incredible," said Wiggins after receiving the trophy
from Prince William's wife the Duchess of Cambridge at a
glittering televised ceremony in London.
"I'd like to thank my team mates, I wouldn't be on this stage
Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France in
its 99-edition history before claiming his fourth Olympic
gold medal when he won the men's time trial at his home Games
It was the second year the trophy has been won by a cyclist
after Mark Cavendish scooped the award in 2011, while the
sport's growing appeal in the country was further highlighted
by British cycling chief Dave Brailsford winning the coach of
the year trophy.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was named overseas sports
personality after an extraordinary year in which he defended
his Olympic 100 and 200 metres titles.
Twice Olympic 1,500 metres champion Sebastian Coe, who played
a key role in bringing the Games to London for the third time
and was then the driving force behind its success as chairman
of the organising committee, won a lifetime achievement