Chris Froome failed to make the top three in the BBC’s 2017 Sports Personality of the Year awards, as runner Mo Farah was an unexpected winner.
Bookmakers had put boxer Anthony Joshua as leading favourite for the annual prize among the 12 sportspeople on the shortlist, with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton also thought to be in the running.
However, like Froome, neither Joshua or Hamilton made the top three after the public voted during the live televised SPOTY show on Sunday evening hosted by the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Farah beat motorbike racer Jonathan Rea in second and para athlete Jonnie Peacock in third.
Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner Froome had looked to be in a strong position to challenge to the prize after a record-breaking season. But the Team Sky rider’s chances were dented on Wednesday when news broke that he had returned an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the Vuelta after stage 18 on September 7.
Froome eventually finished seventh on the voting, with 47,683 votes to Farah’s winning vote count of 83,524.
Voting appeared to be considerably down on previous years. Last year’s winner, Andy Murray, won with 247,419 votes.
In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) anti-doping protocol, Froome is currently not suspended from racing while his case is being dealt with.
Froome and Sky are gathering evidence to support their assertion that Froome did not knowingly break anti-doping rules.
Froome could face a suspension from competition and have his Vuelta win annulled should he be found to have broken the rules.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 votes
Mo Farah: 83,524 votes
Jonathan Rea: 80,567
Jonnie Peacock: 73,429
Anthony Joshua: 73,411
Adam Peaty: 63,739
Lewis Hamilton: 60,627
Chris Froome: 47,683
Harry Kane: 18,759
Anya Shrubsole: 15,237
Bianca Walkden: 13,962
Johanna Konta: 7,591
Elise Christie: 6,504