Chris Hoy, who won three gold medals in the Beijing Olympics, has been voted Sports Personality of the Year in the BBC’s annual awards ceremony, as decided by a live phone vote.
Hoy is the first cyclist to win the accolade since Tom Simpson in 1965. Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton came second, and swimmer Rebecca Adlington finished third.
On receiving the award, Hoy said: “To win this award this year is so special as British sport has enjoyed such a hugely successful year. It’s been incredible.”
Other cyclists nominated for the award were Nicole Cooke, Rebecca Romero and Bradley Wiggins.
Britain’s Olympic cycling team, who won a total of 14 medals in Beijing, won Team of the Year and British cycling coach Dave Brailsford was named Coach of the Year.