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Bradley Wiggins wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

2012-12-16 23:57:45

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has been voted the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion beat 11 other contenders to the prestigious title.

He became the first Briton to win the Tour, following that triumph with gold at London 2012, his fourth Olympic title, during what was a memorable summer for the 32-year-old cyclist.

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis was runner-up while US Open winner Andy Murray was third.

"I will say thank you to everyone who voted," said Wiggins, upon receiving the main award.

"We have had all that jungle stuff and X-Factor the last few weeks, so for people to pick up the phone and vote in half an hour, thank you very much.

"What a year. To stand on this stage with the people next to me is incredible. I'd like to thank my team-mates - I wouldn't be on this stage without them. I'd like to thank [British Cycling chief] Dave Brailsford, the coaches, British Cycling, Team Sky and all the Olympians."

Wiggins mixed track and road cycling from an early age, but first came to wider public prominence in the velodrome, when he won 4km individual pursuit gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

The Lancashire-based athlete followed that up with two more golds on the track at the Beijing Games in 2008, a year in which he also picked up three titles at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Wiggins had showed his Tour pedigree when finishing fourth overall in 2009 (later promoted to third following the disqualification of third-placed Lance Armstrong) before securing a first Grand Tour podium place with third in the Vuelta a Espana two years later - a place behind Team Sky team-mate and fellow Briton Chris Froome, who was to play a key supporting role in Wiggins's 2012 Tour win.

And just over a week after that triumph, the Belgium-born rider won the time trial at London 2012 to take his tally of Olympic medals to seven, a haul only equalled by fellow cyclist and 2012 Sports Personality nominee Sir Chris Hoy.


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