Tour de France winner Chris Froome and road race world champion Lizzie Armitstead are among the 12 contenders for the prestigious 2015 BBC award

British pro cyclists Chris Froome and Lizzie Armitstead are on the shortlist for the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Tour de France winner Froome and road race world champion and World Cup winner Armitstead are among 12 sportspeople nominated for this year’s edition of the prestigious award.

Joining Froome, 30, and Armitstead, 26, are Lucy Bronze (football), Jessica Ennis-Hill (athletics), Mo Farah (athletics), Tyson Fury (boxing), Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1), Andy Murray (tennis), Adam Peaty (swimming), Greg Rutherford (athletics), Kevin Sinfeld (rugby league) and Max Whitlock (gymnastics).

Hamilton won the award last year, and Murray in 2013. Cycling has had four winners in the award’s history, three of them in the past eight years: Tom Simpson (1965), Sir Chris Hoy (2008), Mark Cavendish (2011) and Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012).

Froome’s highest finish in the award is sixth in 2013. This is the first time that Armitstead has been nominated.

The nominees were chosen by a panel of sports experts, and the final winner will be decided by public vote during a live BBC One broadcast from Belfast on Sunday, December 20.

Ennis-Hill is currently the bookies’ favourite, with Murray and Fury close behind. Froome is 20/1 and Armitstead 100/1 to take the award.

 

  • David

    I am a keen cyclist…………….but will vote Murray………….his achievement is the greatest by a UK athlete this year.

  • skelto99

    For Armistead or Froome to win then it would need a concerted campaign from the cycling community to hijack the vote like when Cav won it (in our house the whole family was press-ganged into voting for him). I somehow don’t think this will happen this time – Froome doesn’t have the charisma and a “Brit” winning the TdF has become more commonplace. Plus few outside cycling have heard of Armitstead, unfortunately, despite her great achievements. Like him or not, Fury has a big character, and recent massive media exposure. Plus a massive achievement to boot. That’s why he will win.

  • Harri

    what I’m gutted about is how these 2 will not win it purely because not enough of the British public care about cycling, the sad truth.
    it will probably be Andy Murray or an Olympic athelete like Jessica, Mo or Greg

  • Alan59

    Good luck Lizzie !

  • J1

    We know that, Andy Murray has won it.

  • reece46

    If someone with Tyson Fury’s outspoken views can get near to the top 3 it’s probably a good thing cycling won’t get a look in. Leave it to Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton to complete a podium of the 3 people you’d least like to have to listen to.

  • Nic Lowe

    SPOTY is nothing to do with personality. Winner is usually the biggest achiever in mainstream sport. Lizzie should win it this time around, Ennis being favourite is a bit of a surprise.

  • J1

    He is yeah.

    I don’t see many personalities there….out of all of them I suppose Tyson Fury is the biggest one, he won’t win but Jess Ennis and Farah aren’t as lacking in personality as some. Although saying this, it’s just a popularity contest really, you can have nothing about you and still win, judging by the previous winners.

  • ummm…

    i guess he is british….