Chris Froome misses out on BBC Sports Personality award

Chris Froome, Tour de France 2013, stage 20

Tour de France winner Chris Froome missed out in the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award on Sunday. Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray scooped the main award with a landslide victory as cycling came away empty handed.

Murray won the live vote held during the ceremony held in Leeds, taking well over half of all of the votes cast. Rugby's Leigh Halfpenny placed second with champion jockey AP McCoy in third. Froome placed sixth out of 10 in the final voting.

Team Sky had appeared in a shortlist of three for the Team of the Year award, but the British and Irish Lions rugby squad took the category. There was surprisingly no nomination for the world and European championship winning and world record-setting Great Britain women's team pursuit squad.

Earlier in the evening, 2012 SPOTY winner Sir Bradley Wiggins had appeared on stage and opened the gold envelope to reveal who came third.

Of the other accolades presented during the evening, the Diamond Award went to Sir Alex Ferguson; Coach of the Year was Warren Gatland; Overseas Personality, Sebastian Vettel; Helen Rollason Award, Anne Williams; Young Sports Personality, Amber Hill; and Unsung Heroes, Maggie & Joe Forber. 

BBC Sports Personality 2013: The votes

Andy Murray: 401,470

Leigh Halfpenny: 65,913

AP McCoy: 57,854

Mo Farah: 51,945

Ben Ainslie: 48,140

Chris Froome: 37,343

Hannah Cockroft: 26,151

Christine Ohuruogu: 13,179

Justin Rose: 9,833

Ian Bell: 5,626

Total votes: 717,454

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.