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Bradley Wiggins wins sports award
Tour de France and Olympic cycling hero Bradley Wiggins has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The 32-year-old was presented with the trophy by the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, who was making her first public appearance since being treated in hospital for severe morning sickness.
Wiggins won the public vote after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, cycling's ultimate prize, in July, followed days later by the Olympic Time Trial on the streets of Surrey. Team GB Heptathlon gold medal-winner Jessica Ennis was second, with US Open tennis winner and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray third.
Wiggins had earlier joked on stage with Sue Barker and gently teased co-host Gary Lineker, suggesting he was wearing a lot of make-up. Accepting the award he got more laughs for joking about his grandmother rigging the vote.
He said: "I'm not going to swear tonight so I am just going to say 'thank you' to everyone that picked the phone up and voted. We have had all that jungle stuff (I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!) and X Factor the last couple of weeks, so for people in half an hour to pick up and pay £1.50 to vote, thank you very much. And my nan: the cheque is in the post because you pressed redial God-knows how many times."
The Duchess of Cambridge, who did not speak while presenting the main award and a lifetime achievement award to Olympics chairman Lord Coe, looked on in a dark green dress as Wiggins told his children Ben and Bella "you can go to bed now". He praised his supporters and Team Sky colleagues who helped him win the Tour De France before saluting the other Olympians.
Lord Coe was himself a double Olympic champion and 12-time world record-holder who won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. He was given his award for his athletics career and in recognition of his role in bringing the Olympics and Paralympics to London and their success.
He praised the Olympians and Paralympians, "for making this year what it has been" before thanking the public and the Gamesmakers, the Olympic and Paralympic volunteers. "To the millions of people that joined our Games either at home or in the venues, as officials or spectators or volunteers right the way through to those athletes that performed at the very highest levels, it is really with all of you this evening that I share this trophy."
The Team of the Year award went to Team GB and Paralympics GB for their successes in the Games during the summer. It was presented by the first sub-four minute miler, Sir Roger Bannister, to cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who said: "It is a once in a lifetime experience, it was an incredible atmosphere."
Coach of the Year went to Dave Brailsford, performance director of British Cycling and team principal of Team Sky, who trained Wiggins and is widely credited with transforming British cycling over the last decade into a mainstream British sport with an enormous following. Under his leadership Team GB has become the most successful track cycling team in modern history.