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

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.