LONDON (Reuters) – Cyclist Geraint Thomas was casted a ballot BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, getting British game’s chief yearly individual award in Birmingham as a reward for his surprising Tour de France triumph.

The Welshman, whose triumph in cycling’s most lofty race was the 6th by a British rider in seven years, bested the general population vote in front of Formula One best on the planet Lewis Hamilton and England soccer chief Harry Kane.

Thomas was the main Welshman to win the honor since soccer player Ryan Giggs in 2009.

“I feel exceptionally fortunate to have come into cycling when I did. I just went down to the neighborhood recreation place for a dip and rather I rode my bicycle,” Thomas said.

Despite the fact that he had recently been a twofold Olympic victor on the track, he had lived in the shadow of four-times Tour de France champ Chris Froome in Team Sky until beating his partner and protecting boss in the 2018 race.

“As a bicycle rider, I generally center around myself. Clearly, individuals need me to win, yet hearing stories as fury Tyson’s and Billy (Monger)’s, you understand that what we do inspires individuals back home,” Thomas said.

Rage incredibly beat the include in the wake of being thumped down his reality heavyweight title draw with Deontay Wilder while adolescent Monger made an inspiring rebound to engine dashing in the wake of having his legs excised following a Formula 4 crash.

The others short-recorded for the honor were triple European dash champion Dina Asher-Smith, English cricket’s record test wicket taker James Anderson and twofold Olympic skeleton champion, Lizzy Yarnold.

It finished a glad day for the 32-year-old Thomas toward the finish of an agitating week in which Sky, patrons of Team Sky, declared it would end its association with his group toward the finish of 2019.

Thomas grabbed an imitation of the champ’s trophy from Tour de France coordinators prior on Sunday after the first was stolen from a cycling appear.

Gareth Southgate, who drove England’s soccer men to the World Cup semi-finals, won mentor of the year while the England ladies’ netballers who took Commonwealth Games gold won group of the year.

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