Grand start at Pembrey: Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome of Team Sky

WELSH Cyclist Geraint Thomas has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Birmingham yesterday, Sunday (Dec 16).

The premier sporting award ends a successful year for Thomas after his Tour de France triumph in the summer.

The 32-year-old joins Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to become only the third Briton to win the grand race.

The Team Sky rider was top of the public vote ahead of Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and England footballer and captain Harry Kane.

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Also shortlisted for the prestigious award were England fast bowler James Anderson, European sprint champion Dina Asher-Smith and Olympic skeleton champion, Lizzy Yarnold.

Earlier on Sunday, Thomas picked up a replica of the Tour de France trophy from organisers after the original was stolen during a cycling show in Birmingham.

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