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Cav Favourite for BBC Award

Manx cycling superstar Mark Cavendish is the favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality Award.

He was named in the final ten yesterday and is quoted at 6/5 with bookmaker William Hill to finish top of the public vote on Thursday 22nd December.

Cav is up against golfer Darren Clarke (7/4), golfer Rory Mcllroy (7/1), athlete Mo Farah (8/1), golfer Luke Donald (20/1), athlete Dai Greene (33/1), diver Tom Daley (33/1), cricketer Alastair Cook (50/1), boxer Amir Khan (66/1), tennis player Andy Murray (100/1) and cricketer Andrew Strauss (100/1).

Cavendish has enjoyed a spectacular 2011 becoming the first British rider to win the sprinters green jersey at the Tour de France.

Another five stage wins takes his overall tally at Le Tour to 20 and 6th place on the all-time list.

He won the final stage in Paris for the third year in a row - the first time that has been done since the legendary Belgian Eddy Merckx in 1972.

And Cav also took the World Championship Road Race crown in style in Denmark to become the first British title holder since Tommy Simpson 46 years ago.

A good omen - Simpson was named BBC Sports Personality in 1965!

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