Cycleplan ambassador Lizzie Armitstead has capped a wonderful year by being shortlisted for the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
The reigning world, commonwealth and national road race champion, Armitstead has been nominated alongside two time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, giving the cycling community a huge boost of recognition before the awards ceremony which takes place on Sunday, December 20.
Four cyclists have previously won the award – Tommy Simpson (1965), Sir Chris Hoy (2008), Mark Cavendish (2011) and Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012).
Armitstead hit the headlines when she 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, an Olympic silver medallist, also claimed the British title despite being hospitalised just 11 days previously 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.
This year’s nominees were selected by a group of 12 panel members including representatives from BBC Sport, previous winners and journalists. The final winner will be selected via public vote on the eve of the accompanying TV programme.
The other non-cycling contenders are athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, tennis player Andy Murray, F1’s Lewis Hamilton and footballer Lucy Bronze.
Boxer Tyson Fury, swimmer Adam Peaty, gymnast Max Whitlock and ruby league’s Kevin Sinfield complete the list.
You can vote for Lizzie Armitstead by clicking on this link!
Read more about Lizzie Armitstead’s career and find out why she recommends every cyclist uses Cycleplan here
I spend my days chasing rainbows so my SPOTY nomination is a surprise bonus! Proud cycling is on the list twice and honoured to be included!
— Lizzie Deignan (@lizziedeignan) December 1, 2015