After a stunning year on the bike for Team Sky’s Kenyan-born Brit Chris Froome, it was little surprise to see his name among the nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Cycling has enjoyed a prominent place in award’s recent history – Chris Hoy taking the prize in 2008 after his success at the Beijing Olympics, Mark Cavendish winning in 2011 after becoming world champion and Bradley Wiggins adding the award to his Tour de France and Olympic time trial victories last year.
Now Froome could make it three in a row for cycling and become the fifth cyclist in history – Tom Simpson also won in 1965 – to win the prestigious award.
In our opinion, there would be no worthier winner. Here’s why.