Over 22,000 people voted for cyclist Lizzie Armitstead as the Cycleplan ambassador enjoyed a wonderful night at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Olympic silver medallist lined up alongside eventual winner Andy Murray and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton during a star-studded night in front of a sell-out 7,500 crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
Armitstead’s nomination capped a wonderful year for the 26-year-old who became world road race champion with a stunning triumph in America after winning the gruelling 130km race by just a wheel from Netherlands’ Anna van der Breggen.
She became only the fourth British woman to win the title, following Beryl Burton, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke
Armitstead also won a second successive Road World Cup and claimed the British title – just 11 days after being taken to hospital following a crash at the Women’s Tour.
To complete her brilliant 12 months, Armitstead also announced that she was engaged to fellow professional cyclist Philip Deignan who accompanied her to the ceremony on Sunday evening.
Despite being hit by a car yesterday @PhilipDeignan made it to be by my side
— Lizzie Armitstead (@L_ArmiTstead) December 21, 2015
Just 24 hours earlier, the Yorkshire-born cyclist won another award when she picked up Glamour magazine’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2015.
Winning with more than 24% of the vote, Armitstead saw off competition from the likes of boxer Nicola Adams and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, as her closest rival came second with just under 16% of readers’ votes.
“Throughout our ‘Say No to Sexism in Sport’ campaign, time and again we have highlighted the disconnect between British women’s outstanding sporting achievements and the often embarrassing lack of recognition,” Glamour editor Jo Elvin said.
“Glamour has made fantastic strides in redressing this balance over the last 12 months and our SPOTY list is a testament to the brilliance of so many of our country’s female stars – often outshining the achievements of more celebrated men.
“I’d like to congratulate Lizzie on this well-deserved win, but also every inspirational sportswoman on our list.”
“She’s been incredible for putting women’s cycling on the map” – Mark Cavendish on Lizzie Armitstead.
Read more about Lizzie Armitstead’s career and find out why she recommends every cyclist uses Cycleplan here: