Speaking at London's Excel Centre as he accepted the award, Bradley Wiggins said: "What a year, and to stand on this stage with the likes of these people next to me is incredible.
"And I'd like to thank my team mates because again without them I wouldn't be here tonight, and wouldn't be stood on this stage... To all the Olympians here tonight, because again it would be nothing stood here without the incredible year that we've had, so thanks to everyone."
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