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Geraint Thomas wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018

Tou de France winner took title in a public vote beating Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Tottenham striker Harry Kane

Geraint Thomas has been named as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, Thomas beat Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane in a public vote to take the title. 

Speaking immediately after his win was announced Thomas said: 

"I feel really to have come into cycling at the age I am. I was just going down the local leisure centre going for a swim, then I end up riding a bike.

"I'd like to thank my wife, she deserves this just as much. I'm really lucky to have her and my family. 

"As a bike rider, I was always focused on myself, but hearing stories like Tyson and Billy, then seeing kids on their bikes back home, you take great pride in winning this. 

"It's been an amazing year for British sport and long may it continue."

Moments after the Tour de France champion was announced as Sports Personality of the Year Team Sky tweeted a video showing reaction to Thomas's win from the the Team's training camp in Mallorcca 

Earlier in the evening Thomas, a keen Arsenal supporter had jokingly appealed to fellow Gooners to vote for him in a bid to stop Harry Kane, who plays for arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur winning the title – Kane had been favourite with the bookies to take the award tonight. No surprise then that Arsenal Football Club wasted not time in tweeting their congratulations to Thomas either.

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Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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