London 2012’s golden girl Jessica Ennis finished runner-up, while Olympic and US Open champion Andy Murray came third.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the world of sport.
Six-time Olympic champions Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) pays tribute to first, second and third place: “Congratulations to Bradley, @J_Ennis and @andy_murray well deserved! And thanks to those who voted for me!”
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is delighted to see Wiggins pick up the top prize: “Not got a problem with Wiggo winning …thoroughly deserved it ….so would have all the others ….tremendous athletes all of them!”
England bowler Steven Finn (@finnysteve) enjoyed Lennox Lewis’ botched presentation to Murray: “How did that third place trophy get over to Miami so quickly? That’s a good effort from the BBC! Well done Wiggo, impressive year to win SPOTY!”
Former Red Rose captain Will Carling (@willcarling) reveals who he voted for: “Well done Bradley !! I did vote for you!! Haha how could anyone not!! #SPOTY2012”
Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) is thrilled to see Wiggins scoop the award: Well deserved Wiggo… Now he is a personality….. That’s what it’s about…#sportspersonalityoftheyear!”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy) chimes in: “Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins winning #Spoty!”
Former England cricketer Marcus Trescothick (@Trescricket) is happy with the outcome: “A great top three and really glad Wiggins won. So many sporting faces around but now time for a beer!”
The 1998 winner Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) expected Mo Farah to make the top three: “What an unbelievable night. Only surprise was that Mo didn’t make the Top 3. Had a lump in my throat most of the night. What a sporting year!”
Finally, the 2007 winner Joe Calzaghe (@RealJoeCalzaghe) agrees: “Congrats to the winners tonight at #BBCSPOTY! Shocked @mo_Farah didn’t make the top three!”
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