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Great News for Cycling this week! Bradley wins Sports Personality of the Year 2012!

Posted on Thursday, 20 December 2012 01:09PM by
It has been a great week for cycling this week!! It was probably the best ever BBC Sports Personality of Year 2012 Awards this year....with so many winners to chose from post the Olympics!

Cycling does appear to be getting more and more popular every year. The event this week continues to confirm this....

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012: as reported by the Guardian this week......

From Bradley Wiggins' off-the-wall remarks to 7/7 survivor Martine Wright's tearjerking, inspirational speech, this week's show had plenty of fantastic moments. 

Bradley Wiggins is named BBC Sports Personality of the Year!

Never again will we see the like. All 12 finalists could easily have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in any other year. Really, how were you able to choose between them? It almost lifted the bad taste left by last year, when no women were nominated, and well and truly banished the bad memories of those years in the 90's when Damon Hill seemed to win it every time. In 2011, the total number of votes cast was 341,959; this year, Wiggins alone took nearly half a million and the total vote was more than 1.6m. 

Only bores moan that "Sport personality" is an oxymoron, especially in the era of Ellie Simmonds, Mo Farah and Nicola Adams. It was always going to be Wiggins' night though, from his loose-cannon opening appearance which caused "Susan" Barker to look distinctly uneasy, to a reminder of his astounding achievements this year. Not to mention the velour suit. If he is now predictably brilliant on the bike, he is thrillingly unpredictable off it. Even his wife, Cath, was caught by the cameras cringing and mouthing something along the lines of, "Oh no," as her husband took the mic for his acceptance speech.

Until we get the news that Lewis and Murray's two-man comedy show is confirmed, we'll have to make do with watching the moment when Lewis hands Murray the trophy – or rather, doesn't – for third place, again and again. Lewis is looking around as if pretending not to be there (he later tweeted he didn't have an earpiece and was watching it off-camera to get his cue). Still it made Andy smile for the first time all night. 

Bert Le Clos was the clear breakout star of London 2012 when he was interviewed by Clare Balding after his "beautiful boy" beat Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly. His appearance last night brought a massive cheer. "You personified parental pride," Balding told him. He thanked her for making him famous "30 years … and 40 kilos too late." If the Lewis-Murray sitcom doesn't get commissioned, can we have Bert & Balding instead?

Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE (born 28 April 1980) is a British professional road and track racing cyclist who rides for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. Wiggins began his career on the track, but has made the transition to road cycling and is one of the few cyclists to gain success in both forms of professional cycling. He won the 2012 Tour de France, becoming the first British winner since it began in 1903.
Wiggins is the only cyclist to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year. Wiggins has won seven Olympic medals, the most won by any British Olympian (a total equalled by Chris Hoy); four of them are gold, the third most gold medals won by a British Olympian, behind Hoy (six) and Steve Redgrave (five).

Wiggins's career began in track cycling, specialising in the pursuit and the madison, before he gradually moved towards road racing. He has won six cycling World Championships, his first in 2003 and his most recent in 2008. He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, a gold, a silver and a bronze at the 2004 Summer Olympics, two golds at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

After the 2008 Olympics, Wiggins took a break from the track to focus on the road. Initially viewed as a time trial specialist and as a rouleur, Wiggins showed his ability in stage races when he came 4th in the 2009 Tour de France (later promoted to 3rd after Lance Armstrong's results were voided in October 2012). His first victory in a major stage race came in the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, and he also finished third in the 2011 Vuelta a España and second in the time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships. In 2012 Wiggins won the 2012 Paris–Nice, the 2012 Tour de Romandie, the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné, the 2012 Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympics, receiving the Vélo d'Or award for best rider of the year and the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

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