Wiggins crowns perfect year with BBC award
Updated: Monday, 17 Dec 2012 19:07
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.
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 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.
Team of the Year: Team GB and Paralympics GB
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Usain Bolt (Olympic 100m and 200m champion)
Coach of the Year: Dave Brailsford (British Cycling/Team Sky)
Young Sports Personality of the Year: Josef Craig (Paralympic swimmer)
Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity: Martine Wright (Paralympian, survivor of the 7/7 bombings)
Unsung Hero award: Sue and Jim Houghton (restored a a derelict sports ground in Leicestershire)