Vote for Cavendish: BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Mark Cavendish‘s cycling season may have ended many weeks ago, but he faces one last challenge for 2011 – to win the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year award tonight. Phone 09015 22 26 01 to vote for Cavendish.

The public will decide who should be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 during a live broadcast of the awards ceremony. The show will be aired on BBC One from 8pm to 10pm tonight (Thursday, December 22).

Cavendish made the SPOTY shortlist after becoming the first British rider to win the green jersey at the Tour de France and win the road race world championship title. Cavendish’s full list of 2011 achievements are listed below, and few British sportspeople can boast such a success rate.

Although Cavendish is the bookmakers’ front-runner to take the SPOTY title, a public vote can never be predicted and the result is far from a foregone conclusion. Every vote counts – your vote counts.

Golfer Darren Clarke is a very popular choice, and golf is arguably a much more popular sport than cycling out in the wider world. Hard to believe, we know.

The other nominees alongside Cavendish and Clarke are: Luke Donald (golf), Rory McIlroy (golf), Mo Farah (athletics), Dai Greene (athletics), Amir Khan (boxing), Andy Murray (tennis), Alastair Cook (cricket) and Andrew Strauss (cricket).

How do I vote for Cavendish?

To vote for Mark Cavendish, you simply dial the telephone number that the BBC allocates to the Manx sprint star during the live broadcast on BBC One at 8pm tonight.

The votes will then be collated and the winner announced live on air before the programme finishes at 10pm.

Telephone 09015 22 26 01 to vote for Mark Cavendish. Also watch out for updates on Cycling Weekly’s Twitter feed.

Mark Cavendish: 2011 wins
Tour of Oman; stage six
Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
Giro d’Italia; stage 10
Giro d’Italia; stage 12
Tour de France; stage 5
Tour de France; stage 7
Tour de France; stage 11
Tour de France; stage 15
Tour de France; stage 21
Tour de France; points classification
London-Surrey Cycle Classic (Olympic test event)
Tour of Britain; stage one
Tour of Britain; stage 8b
World Champion, road race

Lucy Garner up for Young SPOTY
Junior road race world champion Lucy Garner has made the final three of this year’s Young Sports Personality of the Year and stands a good chance of taking the title tonight. The winner of this category is chosen by a judging panel, and not a public vote.

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Cavendish’s BBC SPOTY odds slashed by bookies
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Cavendish on BBC Sports Personality shortlist
Garner on BBC Young Sports Personality shortlist
Mark Cavendish: Rider Profile