Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins named Sports Personality of the Year

Bradley Wiggins on stage with Sue Barker after collecting the award. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire Bradley Wiggins on stage with Sue Barker after collecting the award. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Sunday, December 16, 2012
10:40 PM

Bradley Wiggins’ remarkable year came to a perfect conclusion tonight as he was named winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in the city where he cruised to Olympic glory this summer.

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Having clinched gold in the time trial at London 2012 just 10 days after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins was always the strong favourite to win the prestigious award at London’s ExCeL Arena.

And the cyclist duly won tonight’s public vote, beating Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray into second and third places on an evening which paid tribute to Britain’s Olympic stars.

The Duchess of Cambridge and David Beckham presented the top award.

The affable Wiggins, 32, has enjoyed the finest year of a glittering career, winning the Tour, Olympic gold, Paris-Nice, the Tour of Romandy and the Criterium du Dauphine.

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