Lucy Garner shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award
Recognition for winner of Britain's first rainbow jersey at Copenhagen
Mark Cavendish isn’t the only cyclist up for an award in next month’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, with news that Britain’s other rainbow jersey winner at Copehagen, Lucy Garner, has been shortlisted in the Young Sports Personality category.
The 17-year-old from Leicestershire was the first British woman since Nicole Cooke in 2001 to win the Junior Road Race World Championship.
Garner is among ten young sportsmen and women to have made the shortlist, with the best known being diver Tom Daley, a three-time winner of the award, the Paralympic swimmer, Ellie Simmons, who won in 2008, and tennis player Laura Robson.
They are joined by another tennis player, Liam Broady, athlete Sally Brown, Athletics, diver Jack Laugher, boxer Pat McCormack, the golfer, Lauren Taylor, and rugby union player Anthony Watson.
That list will be whittled down to just three candidates by a panel of judges on 6 December, with the winner chosen by secret ballot and announced at the event televised live from Salford on 22 December.
The winner of the main prize of the evening is decided by public phone vote, and Cavendish, who this year achieved his twin goals of winning the green jersey in the Tour de France, is currently the bookies’ favourite, ahead of golfer, Darren Clarke.
Another golfer from Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy, and the athlete Mo Farah are vying for third place according to the bookmakers, well behind the two front runners.
Only two cyclists have previoously won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award; Tom Simpson was the first, in 1965, the same year he won the World Road Race Championship, while Sir Chris Hoy capped his three gold medals at Beijing in 2008 by taking that year's prize.
In 2008, Britain's Olympic cycling squad also won the team award, while Dave Brailsford walked away with the title of Coach of teh Year.
The list of ten nominees for this year's main award will be announced live on The One Show next Monday, 28 November.