Chris Hoy admitted that his chance of winning the BBC Sport personality of the year has taken a blow after Lewis Hamilton won the formula One title but he called on Cycling Weekly readers to vote and ask friends to vote.

?It?s nice to be in running for it but I know I?ve got to be realistic,? Hoy told Cycling Weekly at the Milan last week.

?I think Lewis Hamilton is the favourite and rightly so because his story is impressive. He was unlucky last year and he?s such a good ambassador for Formula One, so it?ll be difficult for a cyclist to win it. But you never know and as Cycling Weekly has suggested, if everybody votes and gets some friends to vote, you never know, you never know??

Hoy admitted he has become pretty famous himself since Beijing and was often recognised and congratulated on his Olympic success in Milan.

?One bloke tapped me on the shoulder and asked me for a photograph when I was standing at a urinal. I said ?Yes, but not just now,? Hoy recalled with a laugh.

?It?s very nice because people congratulate me all the time but at the same time, your life is no longer your own. Hopefully it?ll die down eventually so I can get back to my normal training regime.?

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