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Brown Urges Public to Vote Cav

Chief Minister Tony Brown is urging the Isle of Man public to get behind cyclist Mark Cavendish in the contest to be crowned 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Manx Missile is the first home-grown sports star to be nominated for the prestigious prize, which will be decided by a telephone vote during Sunday night's live show from the Sheffield Arena.

In his short professional career, Cav is already the most successful British rider of all time.

He had 24 victories over the year including six stages at the Tour de France and the Milan to San Remo one-day classic.

Chief Minister Tony Brown says "Mark’s performances this year have been nothing short of phenomenal and the whole of the Isle of Man is very proud of his achievements. I hope as many people as possible will vote for him on Sunday. Mark has shown the heights that can be scaled with talent, determination and team support, and I’m sure he will be an inspiration for future generations of Island sportsmen and women.’