Manchester-based cyclist Bradley Wiggins scoops BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester-based cycling star Bradley Wiggins has won the 2012 BBC Sport’s Personality of the Year Award tonight.

The Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion picked up the prestigious accolade at the star-studded celebration at the ExCel in London.

He beat Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis and US Open champion Andy Murray to win the top honour, with 1.5million people voting.

Dave Brailsford, who coaches the Great Britain cycling team as well as Team Sky, based in Manchester’s Velodrome, picked up Coach of the Year after masterminding a superb 2012 for the sport.

Wiggins, who lives near Chorley, received his award from the Duchess of Cambridge and former Manchester United man David Beckham, who announced a Lifetime Achievement Award for Lord Seb Coe for delivering a successful Olympic Games in London.

Wiggins, who also trains at the Velodrome, follows in the footsteps of former Team Sky colleague and close friend Mark Cavendish, who scooped the award in 2011.

Image courtesy of British Cycling, with thanks


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