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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


Karbon Kev [693 posts] 6 years ago

yeah great but she won't win if of course, it will probably do to a footballer or shit-for-brains rugby player or similar. Or bloody Tom Daley.

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Simon_MacMichael [2507 posts] 6 years ago

Well, there aren't any footballers listed... but yeah, Tom Daley you imagine will make the final three, and the fact his father passed away this year may swing it.

Faroon [22 posts] 6 years ago

I think she should win this, hands down from that selection, but Ellie Simmonds has had a good year.

As for the main prize - I know that Cav has done well, and we'd all like to see him win, but my vote goes straight to Alistair Brownlee. He's completely dominated Triathlon for years, trounced the opposition this year, is world champion, european champion, ranked 1 in the world, and even has time to saunter down the finish line to wait for his brother so they can cross the line together. He only doesn't hold the world record because there isn't one.


CarbonBreaker [86 posts] 6 years ago

Now if we are talking Triathletes, I think Chrissie Wellington should really be top of the list... and she does hold the world record.