Mark Cavendish has missed out on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards, broadcast live on BBC One from the Sheffield Arena on Sunday night.

The sprint sensation from the Isle of Man was shortlisted after his stellar year in the saddle, which saw him win Milan-San Remo and six stages of the Tour de France among an astonishing 23 professional victories.

Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs won the award as a result of a live public telephone vote, second was pre-event favourite F1 driver Jenson Button, and third was heptathlete Jessica Ennis According to BBC figures, Cavendish was fourth.

The total number of phone votes received was down on last year, 516,473 compared to 718,474 in 2008. The drop may be attributed to a clash with the live televised final of X-Factor on ITV.

Although Cavendish was the only cyclist to make the ten shortlisted nominees, there were many stars from the world of cycling in attendance at the event.

Last year’s winner, triple Beijing Olympic Games track cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, was present with his fiancé Sarra Kemp; and Olympic and world track sprint champion Victoria Pendleton was sat in the front row. Other cyclists in the audience included Geraint Thomas, Joanna Rowsell, Wendy Houvenaghel and Ed Clancy.

How the public voted

1. Ryan Giggs (151,842 votes)

2. Jenson Button (96,770)

3. Jessica Ennis (80,469)

4. Mark Cavendish (55,960)

5. Beth Tweddle (38,907)

6. Tom Daley (36,929)

7. Andy Murray (19,936)

8. Andrew Strauss (17,237)

9. David Haye (13,916)

10. Phillips Idowu (4,507)

Mark Cavendish and Fiorella Migliore, BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards 2009

Cavendish with partner Fiorella Migliore

Sir Chris Hoy and Sarra Kemp, BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards 2009

Sir Chris Hoy and fiancé Sarra Kemp

Victoria Pendleton, BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards 2009

Victoria Pendleton wears Paul Smith

Related links

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 awards photo gallery, by Andy Jones

Mark Cavendish: Rider Profile


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  • David Dellorto

    Are you surprised cavendish didn’t win iy when you have a load of numbies who have tunnel vision when it comes to sport. I remember a few years back when ppeople were asked to name the best female blues and jazz singer ever, Ella Fitzgerald wasn’t in the top ten. Dont take them seriously,we all know who was the best and thats all that matters.

  • Spongebob

    Maybe other sports (ie. football) have realised that mobilising the fanbase is the way to win this award. After Chris Hoy won it by a mile last year expect to see other sports doing the same in the future. Anyone ever go on any footy websites/forums know if there was a Ryan Giggs campaign out there? Sure he seems like a nice guy as far as footballers go, but what was so special about his 2009?

  • David Hanbury

    Matt perhaps they didn’t want him to win!

  • Jon

    Ryan who?
    Should that be ‘Sportsperson belonging to the club with the largest fanbase’ of the year?

    In terms of personality I would have thought Jenson Button (yes I know he’s one of those motorists) or that lairy boxer David Haye should have won. It’s a shame Murray wasn’t higher either.

  • Matt

    Cav finished 4th apparantly. Had they bothered to mention his Milan-San Remo win and Giro stage wins, he might have made the top 3.

  • Will Hirst

    I am pretty sure that Cav will be nominated again and some day he might just win it. I hope Victoria Pendelton will get nominated because she is not just a pretty face, she is one hell of a cyclist and that is what she should be seen as.

  • andy

    I voted for Cav as im sure many fellow cyclist’s did. I reckon he should have at least got third position after such a fantastic effort in the Tour. The guy slogged his guts out to win those stages. A true cycling hero who braught cycling home and put us on the map.