If the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award is to honour a sportsperson who has achieved something momentous with all the grace, humility, wit and warmth that is so often associated with a truly great British winner, then it should surely look to honour Bradley Wiggins.
Here is a man that realised the Olympics’ goal – to inspire a generation – weeks before the summer’s main event had even started.
By becoming the first Briton to ever win the Tour de France, a gruelling test of body and mind, Wiggins made road racing both fun and exhilarating to watch, even in this most testing of years for the reputation of competitive cycling.
The mod with sideburns is like a rockstar for the sport and his Gallic accomplishment this summer has been rightly hailed as one of the greatest individual achievements of any British sportsman in history.
He is the bookies’ favourite to win the titular prize of this eagerly anticipated awards ceremony and with good reason, too.
Fresh from leading Mark Cavendish to victory on the Champs-Élysées, his Hampton Court triumph in the Olympic time trial was never in doubt. And so, as he reclined ever so casually in that golden throne, after securing one of the first of Team GB’s 63 gold medals, he could rightly afford himself a wry smile.
Outstanding though the field may be, Wiggins stands a fantastic chance of becoming the third cyclist in five years to win the Sports Personality of the Year Award.
The award itself is of minor significance in comparison to his summer’s handiwork but it would doubtless crown an incredible year for the 32 year-old king of the road.