The 33-year-old was honoured for services to cycling, in a 'nerve-wracking' ceremony.
Hot on the heels of his knighthood, Olympic cycling champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has landed another title - Britain's greatest living wit.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has explained why he might not be in the front riding seat for Team Sky at this year's Tour de France
Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey revealed that she is 13 weeks pregnant today and is expecting a baby on June 23. Storey, who is nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, said it was "an absolute honour" to be shortlisted for the award.
Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis told ITV News it was "exciting to be in the top 12" for Sports Personality of the Year.
Bookmakers have revealed a late flurry of bets on Jessica Ennis being crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Odds on the Olympic heptathlon champion taking the award have fallen from 9/1 to 4/1 in the last 48 hours, betting company William Hill said.
She is now firmly second favourite behind cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who is odds-on to win after his historic triumph in the Tour de France and gold in the Olympics time trial.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: "There is no doubt that momentum has swung away from Bradley and Jess is steaming up on the outside. The only question is has she left her run too late?"
- Nicola Adams (Olympic boxing gold medallist)
- Ben Ainslie (Olympic sailing gold medallist)
- Jessica Ennis (Olympic heptathlon champion)
- Mo Farah (Olympic gold medallist in the 5,000m and 10,000m)
- Katherine Grainger (Olympic rowing gold medallist)
- Sir Chris Hoy (Olympic track cycling gold medallist)
- Rory McIlroy (World Number One golfer and 2012 PGA Championship winner)
- Andy Murray (US Open winner and Olympic tennis gold medallist)
- Ellie Simmonds (Paralympic swimming gold medallist)
- Sarah Storey (Paralympic cycling gold medallist)
- David Weir (Paralympic wheelchair gold medallist)
- Bradley Wiggins (Tour de France winner and Olympic cycling gold medallist)
Thanks for all the lovely tweets about SPOTY means a lot to be getting all this support now, I've been racing 16 years and glad everyone...
.. has been given the chance to come and watch all us Paralympians doing what we do. Thanks tweeters xxxx
Really looking forward to this evening #SPOTY! Will be an amazing night and will be so nice to catch up with everyone :)
Just landed in London for BBC Sports Personality tonight.. I hope its gonna be a great night...!! Shabba....:-):-):-)
The little bump and I are looking forward to catching up with everyone at #SPOTY tonight! :-)
The Duke of Cambridge will not attend the event at London's ExCel centre as he remains in Anglesey in his role as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, a St James' Palace spokesman said.
Kate will attend tonight's show in her role as an official ambassador of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic team, St James' Palace said.
A spokesman said:
The Duchess of Cambridge will tonight attend the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards at the ExCeL London, where Her Royal Highness will present the Lifetime Achievement and the main Sports Personality of the Year awards.
The Duchess will attend the event in response to a long-standing invitation from the BBC.
The Duchess of Cambridge will present the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award and the lifetime achievement honour tonight, St. James's Palace said.
Catherine has not been seen in public since leaving the King Edward VII's Hospital in London on December 6.
She received three days of treatment for a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which leaves expectant mothers so ill they cannot keep food or liquids down.