Eccleston cyclist Bradley Wiggins tipped to win BBC Sports Personality award

Wiggins in the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France

Wiggins in the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France

First published in News

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has pulled ahead of the pack in the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 32-year-old winner of the Tour de France - who also picked up his fourth Olympic gold medal at London 2012 - emerged as the odds-on favourite to pick up the famous trophy at the end of a stunning year for British sport.

"Wiggo" was put at the 2/5 favourite by bookmakers William Hill for his heroic summer, which saw him wear the coveted yellow jersey of the Tour for 13 consecutive stages, before romping to victory in the Olympic time trial.

Athlete Mo Farah, 29, whose dramatic victories in the finals of the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m at his home city gripped the nation, was ranked second favourite to win the prize, ahead of tennis ace Andy Murray, 25, who picked up a singles gold before winning his first grand slam event at the US Open.

Cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, athlete David Weir, sailor Ben Ainslie and golfer Rory McIlroy are also in the mix for the top award.

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