Here Wiggo! Olympic hero and Tour de France champion celebrates winning Sports Personality of the Year in London jolly
12:27 GMT, 17 December 2012
After the year he's had, no one would begrudge Bradley Wiggins letting his sideburns down to celebrate winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Wiggo was spotted leaving London's Whisky Mist at 3am with his wife Catherine, clutching a bottle of beer after being crowned Britain's No 1 sportsperson.
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Where's your award Wiggo left Whisky Mist (right), without his award, but clutching a bottle of beer after serenading the fans on stage at the award ceremony in east London (left)
1. BRADLEY WIGGINS – 492,064 votes – 30.25%
2. JESSICA ENNIS – 372,765 – 22.92%
3. ANDY MURRAY – 230,444 – 14.17%
4. MO FARAH – 131,327 – 8.07%
5. DAVID WEIR – 114,633 – 7.05%
6. ELLIE SIMMONDS – 102,894 – 6.33%
7. SIR CHRIS HOY – 42,961 – 2.64%
8. NICOLA ADAMS – 35,560 – 2.19%
9. BEN AINSLIE – 35,373 – 2.17%
10. RORY MCILROY – 29,729 – 1.83%
11. KATHERINE GRAINGER – 28,606 – 1.76%
12. SARAH STOREY – 10,342 – 0.64%
TOTAL VOTES CAST: 1,626,718
The Tour de France champion and seven-time Olympic gold medallist beat-off competition from Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Mo Farah to land the prize at the end of an unprecedented year of sporting action.
The London-born cyclist was serenaded by the 16,000 fans at the ExCel in east London as chants of 'Wiggo, Wiggo', rang out as he collected his prize.
Five hours later he looked slightly worse for wear as he left the Mayfair nightclub before jumping in a waiting cab with his wife.
Wiggins said: 'Thank you very much to everyone who picked the phone up and voted.
'We've had all that jungle stuff (I'm a Celebrity) and the X Factor so for people to pick up and vote is phenomenal. To my nan, the cheque’s in the post because you pressed redial so many times.
'What a year. It was the year to be
British, wasn’t it When they mentioned Mo I thought: “Oh God, I'm not
even in the top three.” To stand on the stage with the likes of these
people next to me, it’s incredible. If I stood here as the only gold
medallist it would mean nothing.
Where next Wiggins looks ready to move on to the next drinking spot…
Night to remember: Wiggins with his wife Catherine jump in a cab after a night of partying ends
'I'd like to thank my team-mates because I wouldn’t be here without them. Cycling is a team sport and I couldn't have done it without the team behind me.
'We’re just the athletes. That sounds really demeaning but there is an incredible team of people behind every one of us.'
Top prize: David Beckham and Kate Middleton were on hand to award Wiggins the trophy
VIDEO Wiggins: The award is my 'greatest sporting achievement'
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