Hoy, Owen and more: Twitter reacts as Wiggins wins SPOTY award

Chris Hoy and Michael Owen both tweet their thoughts after Bradley Wiggins scoops the Sports Personality of the Year award

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Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France in July Photo: ADda, via Flickr

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Bradley Wiggins was crowned BBC Sport Personality of the Year after winning the Tour De France and Olympic gold in a blistering 10-day spell this summer.

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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