With the year drawing to a close, the nominees for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will soon be announced, and after a stunning year of British sporting success just predicting who will make the shortlist is no easy task.
Britain’s cyclists alone could fill the shortlist, after a year which brought Tour de France victory; 12 Olympic medals – six of which were gold; 21 Paralympic medals – including 12 gold; and World Championship success on both track and road.
And that’s before you consider the candidates from across the British sporting spectrum from bookies’ favourite Andy Murray to Mo Farah, swimmer Adam Peaty and Welsh footballer Gareth Bale.
Cycling accounted for three nominees in 2012, the last Olympic year, and four in 2008 after the unprecedented success at the Beijing Games and there are plenty in with a good shout of being nominated this time out.
Nominees are drawn up by an expert panel, introduced in 2012 to replace the previous panel of 30 sports journalists, which considers sporting achievements on a national and/or international level and the ‘impact’ of such success both on the individual sport and the wider sporting world.
So, with that in mind, we’ve picked out ten cyclists who could all stake a claim to be deserving of a nomination, before the winner is picked by public vote on Sunday December 18.