By Nigel Wynn
Mark Cavendish was presented with the 2011 Sports Journalists' Association's Sportsman of the Year award at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden,
Cavendish was voted as top sportsman of the year by the members of the Sports Journalists Association, beating golfer Rory McIlroy and athlete Mo Farah to scoop the accolade. All three sportsmen are also on the shortlist for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, due to be decided by public vote on December 22.
Manxman Cavendish won two of the biggest prizes for sprinters this season: clinching the green jersey of points classification winner at the Tour de France and the rainbow jersey of road race world champion. In terms of wins, he is Britain's most successful professional cyclist in history.
Cavendish has signed for the British-based Sky squad for the 2012 season. He will be aiming to win the Olympic Games road race in London in July.
Swimmer Rebecca Adlington won the SJA's Sportswoman of the Year award.
Cavendish on BBC Sport's Personality shortlist
CW's all-time list of British pro winners
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