Sport BBC Sports Personality of the Year contenders: Could it be Chris Froome's year?

21:46  11 september  2017
21:46  11 september  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta

  Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage from Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada.Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage from Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada.

The 12 contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017. The nominees are : Elise Christie - short track speed skating; Sir Mo Farah - athletics, Chris Froome - cycling, Lewis Hamilton - F1, Anthony Joshua - boxing, Harry Kane - football, Johanna Konta - tennis, Jonnie Peacock

During the countdown to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, 20 December, we will be looking at each of the 12 contenders shortlisted for the award. Cyclist Chris Froome won the Tour de France in July - becoming the first Briton to win the race twice.

Will Chris Froome's Tour de France and La Vuelta double translate to SPOTY glory in December?: Chris Froome File Photo© PA WIRE Chris Froome File Photo

After failing to reach a 16-strong shortlist for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, Chris Froome will be hoping his Tour-Vuelta double will be enough to at least make the cut this year.

Last year's disappointment came despite him winning a third Tour title and an Olympic bronze medal, but the 32-year-old has only twice made the list before, coming sixth in the public vote in 2013 and 2015.

A staple of the British sports calendar, this year's ceremony will be at Liverpool's Echo Arena on December 17.

According to a range of high-street and online bookmakers, here are the 10 leading candidates:

Chris Froome retains advantage after stage 19 of La Vuelta

  Chris Froome retains advantage after stage 19 of La Vuelta Chris Froome retained his advantage on stage 19 of La Vuelta as Belgian Thomas De Gendt won a sprint finish out of the breakaway to keep Spaniards waiting for a stage victory in their home race. Team Sky's Froome, bidding to become the first man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same season since 1978, remains one minute and 37 seconds clear of Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali after the pair crossed the line within the main pack at the end of the 149.7km stage from Parque Natural de Redes to Gijon.

The 12 contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Full profile: Chris Froome . Clinched his fourth world title at the Mexican Grand Prix in October despite finishing only ninth after a clash with rival Sebastian Vettel.

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ANTHONY JOSHUA (Available at a best price of 4/9)

If this was a prize for the best single performance by a British star in the last 12 months, it is no contest - the 27-year-old heavyweight's victory over Wladimir Klitschko in April was an absolute belter. But that Wembley wonder is still his only outing this year and a scheduled fight against Kubrat Pulev in October is not setting many pulses racing. That said, the British have taken the former Olympic champion to their hearts and he looks in great shape to add a SPOTY belt to his collection.

CHRIS FROOME (8-1)

The first man to follow up a win at the Tour de France with a victory in the Spanish equivalent in the same season, the 32-year-old is now, by any fair measure, one of cycling's greats. Since the start of July, he has raced more than 4,000 miles, over 42 days, and has seen off every challenge. For many, he should win this race by miles, too, but a previous SPOTY best of sixth suggests he has not yet conquered the heights of popular acclaim here. Could this be his breakthrough year?

La Vuelta in numbers

  La Vuelta in numbers Chris Froome has won La Vuelta, becoming the first man since 1978 to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the race in numbers.1 - Froome is the first Briton to win the Vuelta in its 72-year history.3 - Froome joins Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault as the only men to have won the Tour an 27 - days between the end of this year's Tour de France and the start of La Vuelta. Froome is the first rider to win the double since the Vuelta moved to its current spot in the calendar.

The 12 contenders for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Full profile: Chris Froome . Clinched his fourth world title at the Mexican Grand Prix in October despite finishing only ninth after a clash with rival Sebastian Vettel.

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JERMAIN DEFOE (12-1)

Now 34 and playing for Bournemouth, the Londoner was the best player on a bad Sunderland side last season, scoring an admirable 15 league goals. That effort earned him a recall to the England squad for the first time in three years and he scored on his return. But that is not why Defoe is an outside bet for SPOTY. At Sunderland, he met Bradley Lowery, a six-year-old with cancer. Lowery died in July, but not before the pair had struck up a heart-warming friendship that saw the pair lead England out at Wembley in March.

SIR MO FARAH (14-1)

Having won nine straight global track finals since 2011, you could argue his return of a gold and a silver at London 2017 was a disappointment. But that would be very unfair. Britain's only individual medallist, Farah won one thriller and narrowly lost another. The 34-year-old is now aiming for marathon glory and he has just won his fourth straight Great North Run. Like Froome, the Somalia-born star probably has not had the credit he deserves at SPOTY. A best of third, in 2011, does not really reflect his domination in one of sport's most accessible disciplines.

Chris Froome wins fifth Grand Tour title

  Chris Froome wins fifth Grand Tour title Chris Froome has won La Vuelta a Espana, becoming the first British cyclist in history to do so and near a status as an all-time great. The four-time Tour de France champion comfortably finished Sunday's final stage to Madrid in 11th place, to clinch victory in the three-week long race's general classification.Froome's victory means he has become only the third man in history to complete the double of winning Le Tour and La Vuelta in the same season.

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LEWIS HAMILTON (18-1)

Widely considered to be the best driver of his generation, Hamilton has just edged ahead of his great rival Sebastian Vettel in the race for the 2017 Formula One crown. Winning that prize - the last race is on November 26 in Abu Dhabi - should also boost the 32-year-old's SPOTY hopes, but his third world championship in 2015 only translated to a fifth-place finish in the traditional pre-Christmas vote. The sport's move away from terrestrial TV may have played a part in that, which is a shame because his driving is just as good.

ADAM PEATY (50-1)

Still only 22, the world's fastest breaststroker has become a fixture on this list over the last three years but has not yet beaten 10th place. This year should fix that, if only for the fact that his solid gym sessions have become social-media gold. His haul at July's world championships in Budapest was two individual gold medals, a relay silver and lots of records. He has the personality to go higher in this list but is held back by his sport's low profile.

JONNIE PEACOCK (50-1)

The double Paralympic champion in the T44 category added another 100metres title to his tally at the World Para-Athletics Championships in London this summer, so there is no doubt about his ability to move. What we are about to discover, though, is how gracefully he can do it, as he is set to become Strictly Come Dancing's first amputee contestant. With personality to burn, the 24-year-old Peacock might just dance his way into SPOTY contention.

Chris Froome deserves SPOTY recognition after Tour-Vuelta double - Sarah Storey

  Chris Froome deserves SPOTY recognition after Tour-Vuelta double - Sarah Storey Paralympic star Dame Sarah Storey believes Chris Froome is the obvious candidate to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for his "staggering" achievements.Paralympic star Dame Sarah Storey believes Chris Froome is the obvious candidate to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for his "staggering" achievements.

"He gives everything to the finish line" - cyclist Geraint Thomas on Chris Froome , our latest Sports Personality contender . BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015. Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast.

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TOM DALEY (66-1)

Another British champion in Budapest, Daley also shines in a relatively unheralded sport. But that is where the similarities with Peaty end, as Daley has been box office in Britain for a decade and completely transcends the pool. Now 23, he won his second world title from the 10metres board - his third world gold in all - and a silver in the three-metres synchro event. It would probably take an Olympic gold to see a diver on the top step at SPOTY but it would be a surprise if Daley does not make the shortlist.

ANYA SHRUBSOLE (66-1)

When you consider how much success British women's teams have had on the world stage recently, in a range of sports, it does not seem right that the 25-year-old bowler is the first female on this list. She may even be the only woman to make the final shortlist, too, which probably says a lot about how much coverage women get and how they are marketed. Can you imagine how famous the man who bowled England to a Cricket World Cup at Lord's, with figures of six for 46, would be?

JAMES ANDERSON (200-1)

If it is value you are looking for, look no further: the Burnley Express is available at prices ranging from 20-1 to 200-1. But then people have been underestimating Anderson for 15 years. England's greatest wicket-taker, he burst through the 500-mark with a haul of seven for 42 to beat the West Indies. That took him to 39 wickets for England this summer, at a cost of just over 14 runs each. Already honoured by Lancashire this year with the James Anderson Stand at Old Trafford, some SPOTY love is long overdue for this king of swing.

Chris Froome claims bronze at World Championship time-trial .
Great Britain's Chris Froome secured a bronze medal in the men's individual time-trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway. Froome, who became only the third rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year earlier this month, won his first individual World Championship medal in Bergen to cap a memorable summer.Holland's Tom Dumoulin followed up his Giro d'Italia win in May with a brilliant performance to win gold in a time of 44 minutes 41.00 seconds, 57.79sec ahead of silver medallist Primoz Roglic of Slovenia.

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