Have the reader's of white van man's favourite paper finally embraced cycling?...

Sun readers believe Bradley Wiggins will win BBC Sports Personality of the Year next month according to an online poll run by the newspaper which saw the Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion gain a third of the 6,000 votes cast.

Of the other 11 candidates, Mo Farah, winner of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in London this summer, was next most popular on 18 per cent, followed by Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis.

The other eight, including former Sports Personality winner Sir Chris Hoy and Sarah Storey, who claimed four Paralympic golds this summer, shared less than a fifth of the votes between them.

Among the comments to the story, one reader wonders why team pursuit and omnium world and Olympic champion Laura Trott didn’t make the nominations, while another takes delight that “Not a single overpaid & underachieving footballer in the list, very good to see!!!”

Another, who perhaps wasn’t paying close enough attention in the opening days of London 2012 as Wiggins first dug in deep to try and help Mark Cavendish win gold in the road race, before going on to clinch his fourth Olympic title with the time trial, says: “Bradley wont win he should but wont it will be dominated by the Olympics.”

So, have the readers of the newspaper beloved of white man van fully embraced cycling, or is the love for Wiggo more a reflection of his laddish appeal as well as the absence on the shortlist this year of footballers or racing drivers?

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.