Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas was voted BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the year after a standout season in the saddle

Geraint Thomas was voted BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year last night, becoming the first cyclist to win the award since Nicole Cooke in 2003.

The rider was presented the award by Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Team Sky training camp in Mallorca after a year in which he won gold and bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

Thomas also had a standout year at the cobbled classics, finishing seventh and eighth in Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders respectively, as well as a third-place finish at E3 Harelbeke.

“I don’t know what to say,” Thomas said after receiving his award.

“You look at all the previous winners – Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Colin Jackson, Tanni Grey-Thompson – all household names.

“I just want to say a massive thanks to all who voted and all those who’ve supported me throughout the year.

“The Welsh flag is one of the ones you see the most now on the roadside during races, and it was just fantastic to cap that off in Glasgow in a Welsh jersey – which I don’t get to wear that often.”