Updated: Cavendish nominated again for BBC Sports Personality award

Manxman shortlisted after this year's five Tour stage wins and Vuelta points jersey

by Mark Appleton   November 30, 2010  

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the second year running.

The Manxman won five stages at the Tour de France this year as well as taking the points jersey at the Vuelta Espana, although he failed to capture a medal at the World Championships in Geelong or at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 25-year-old HTC Columbia rider has, however, helped consolidate cycling’s place in the psyche of the British sporting public and he is widely acknowledged as the fastest pure sprinter in the world at present.

The full list of nominees is:
Mark Cavendish: Cycling
Tom Daley: Diving
Jessica Ennis: Athletics
David Haye: Boxing
AP McCoy: Horse racing
Graeme McDowell: Golf
Graeme Swann: Cricket
Phil Taylor: Darts
Lee Westwood: Golf
Amy Williams: Skeleton bob sleigh

The awards will take place at the Birmingham LG Arena on Sunday, December 19 at 7pm. There will be a preview programme on December 13 and voting will be by telephone only, on the night of the awards when the numbers to call will be made public. Click here for voting and judging terms and conditions.

In the BBC Wales Sports Personality awards, for which voting is currently open, you can cast your vote in favour of a cyclist too, but one, perhaps, with a marginally sweeter temperament than Cav.

Becky James from Abergavenny scored two track cycling medals at the Commonwealth Games and is looking like one of the brighter prospects coming through the ranks to challenge our current generation of track stars.

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My top 3 - Cav, Mo Farah (yes, I know he isnt in there but he really should be - 5k and 10k double is far more impressive than being a fat golfer) and Jess Ennis.

None will win, it will be said fat golfer I expect.

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posted by PzychotropicMac [74 posts]
30th November 2010 - 11:32

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There are two fat golfers to split the tubby pseudo- sport vote (and a fat darts player).

Farah is a great athlete, and a really nice guy, but it was 'only' the European champs, which is why he hasn't been listed, I guess.

I hope Ennis or Amy Williams wins- far more personality than Cav, even if he is a legend on a bike. But I reckon it will be whippet thin Tony McCoy.

posted by wild man [274 posts]
30th November 2010 - 15:43

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Cav may be a bullet on the bike, but he seems to be a nasty piece of work too. Hardly a role model.

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posted by mr-andrew [291 posts]
30th November 2010 - 18:04

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wild man wrote:
There are two fat golfers to split the tubby pseudo- sport vote (and a fat darts player).

Farah is a great athlete, and a really nice guy, but it was 'only' the European champs, which is why he hasn't been listed, I guess.

I hope Ennis or Amy Williams wins- far more personality than Cav, even if he is a legend on a bike. But I reckon it will be whippet thin Tony McCoy.

Remind me what it was that Jess won.....?

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posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
30th November 2010 - 18:16

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mr-andrew wrote:
Cav may be a bullet on the bike, but he seems to be a nasty piece of work too. Hardly a role model.

I don't think he's nasty. He spent weeks visiting Jonny Bellis in hospital in Italy.

It can't be easy to sit in the bunch all day, then do your work in the last kilometre amongst all the other frenzied, testosterone fuelled sprinters. You can't do well in that environment without a degree of pugnacity.

And crying on the podium should give him good SPOTY points!

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posted by cat1commuter [1300 posts]
30th November 2010 - 18:25

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He laid the groundwork at the Tour of Romandie...

...it isn't called BBC Sports Charming Personality of the Year, after all.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
30th November 2010 - 21:12

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In the BBC Wales Sports Personality awards, for which voting is currently open, you can cast your vote in favour of another cyclist but one, perhaps, with a marginally sweeter temperament that Cav.

Except that G isn't one of the nominations Sad

You know, the guy who eclipsed his team leader; and wore the white jersey (and nearly got in yellow) in the Tour taking second behind Hushovd on the cobbled stage; who also won the National Road Race Champs.


(source: Torygraph article)

He was nominated last year but Ryan Giggs won (he's famous and good at what he does, we don't have many people like that in Wales).

Not that there's anything wrong with the talented Miss James.

As for Cav, well he has plenty of personality, and no-one can argue with his hugely impressive tally of wins. Sure, he makes mistakes and is often blunt, but it's part of his personality and the sport would be poorer without it (though I'd prefer to omit his childish Agincourt "re-enactment").

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posted by Simon E [1767 posts]
30th November 2010 - 23:32

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mr-andrew wrote:
Cav may be a bullet on the bike, but he seems to be a nasty piece of work too. Hardly a role model.

A well qualified comment there........! Confused

posted by BikerBob [114 posts]
1st December 2010 - 16:01

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Love him or hate him (and I'm far more fond of him this year than I was last year) he's worked bloody hard for years to get to where he is. And he's a winner at the very highest level in one of the most physically demanding sports around. Looking at the nominees he's up against, it seems to have been a pretty thin year for British sport! He should win, but he probably won't.

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
1st December 2010 - 16:40

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Lets be honest it has nothing to do with 'personality'. Nigel Mansell's won it previously Smile

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posted by TheHatter [808 posts]
1st December 2010 - 21:18

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I'm all for Cav, he has determination and a will to win. Yes he makes mistakes and upsets people but if you don't try you won't succeed.

I'll be voting for him and I hope he wins but I'm also going to have a fiver on Tony McCoy as I think the horsey brigade will get their man in.

Shame that David Millar didn't get a look in after his World and Commonwealth performances but I suppose to the great un-knowing the TdF is the only bike race.

Anyone got any idea how the shortlist is arrived at?

Glad to see there are no wendyballers, F1 drivers or rugby players in the lists. Smile

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posted by jova54 [521 posts]
1st December 2010 - 21:23

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I would make an entirely uneducated guess that the panel of 'experts' look at what the great british public may have an affinity to....so, being fairly weighty, enjoying a 'sport' with no phyisical exertion - bingo, darts and golf.

Ah, better throw some athletes and cyclists in there for good measure just to try and ensure the 'sports' part of the title is fulfilled. Oh, how about a boxer who has had fights against two people plucked off the streets...yeah, that'd do.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
2nd December 2010 - 9:32

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There's a link in the story to the BBC webpage explaining the nomination process but basically:

"The nominations are provided by a panel of over 30 leading sporting experts from a selection of newspaper sports editors (national and regional) and magazines."

Personally I think the list nominees of nominees is a fair one based on sporting performance over both the past year and, in some cases, the nominee's entire career.

As for the personality element, for me Amy Williams comes across as a genuinely sweet, modest and decent human being while, even allowing for boxing's inherent hype, David Haye's ugly "gang-rape" slur against Audley Harrison was the antithesis of what sport is supposed to be about.

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2nd December 2010 - 10:57

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Thanks for the clarification Jeff. Nice to see then that not all sports journos are in thrall to football.

Chapeau to Amy Williams'. You have to admire her balls, to mix my metaphors, not something I'd try even for a bet.

I also have severe difficulty in accepting boxing as a sport. When I did 'enjoy' it, back in the late 50s and 60s, it appeared there was genuine respect between the fighters and that the purpose was to knock you opponent out, not kill him; but then perhaps my glasses are a bit rosy.

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2nd December 2010 - 11:59

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