Cycling hero Wiggins named SPOTY

17 December 2012 / 11:51

Bradley Wiggins' remarkable year came to a perfect conclusion 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 the 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.