What about Steve Peat??

A number of people have asked me, and it would be silly of me not to comment on the addition of Mark Cavendish to the list of potential winners of 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. For me not to comment would be like Nige at work not blogging if Tranmere Rover won the league (or actually winning a game at all!).

In all honesty, I don't Mark should be on the list, it should have been Steve Peat. The legend that is. After years and years of trying, never giving up, he finally became World Downhill Champion.

I'm a big fan of Mark Cavendish, I watched every race of his through 2009 and I proudly wear the Columbia-HTC jersey when I'm out on the bike. Yes, what Cav achieved is incredible, 23 wins this year, 6 of which at the Tour de France and of course Milan-San Remo. He is the most successful British (in terms of wins) cyclist ever, his win on the Champs-Elysees in Paris at the end of the Tour was fantastic, winning by such a distance. To win in Paris is a dream for any cyclist, but despite all of that he didn't win the green sprinters jersey. If Cav had picked up the green jersey then yes, I would definitely say he should win.

Some say he should have won the green jersey, he was deducted precious points when it was thought he had pushed rival Thor Hushvod into the barriers during the final a sprint. He hadn't, the barriers weren't positioned correctly. However, the following day after Cav said the jersey had been "stained", Hushvod in true style, went off the front on his own and gained all sprinters points for the day to prove the point that it wasn't. It was an epic performance which will be talked about for years to come, Cav couldn't match it and that's my point - there is so much more to come from Cav, to win BBC Sports Personality now would be too early.

People say it should be Bradley Wiggins, and his transformation from track to roadie - to see him play in the mountains with the likes of Armstrong, Contador and the Schleck brothers - was both heartwarming and incredible, but this time round he didn't get the Tour de France top 3 placing, and lost out to Cancellera on the time trials, so again I think to suggest Bradley Wiggins, like Cav, is too premature - there is much more to come from Brad.

This year, my money is on Jenson Button to win.

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