Geraint Thomas shortlisted for BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year

Geraint Thomas shortlisted for BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year

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Geraint Thomas has been shortlisted for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2015, after another remarkable year on the road.

Thomas became the first British rider to win the formidable E3 Harelbeke race in Belgium in March. The 215km race - known as one of the Cobbled Classics - is among the hardest on the professional circuit. Thomas was then a key member of Team Sky that led Chris Froome to a second Tour de France victory.

The 29-year-old rode through the pain barrier, and at one point into a telegraph pole, in helping Froome and was up in fourth in the overall standings until the latter stages of the final week, eventually finishing 15th.

And now, the time has come for the nation to decide who will be crowned BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2015.

The winner will be decided via a public vote, which will open at 08:00 GMT on Monday 30 November and will close at 18:00 GMT on Saturday 5 December. Details on how to vote can be found on the BBC Cymru Wales site.

The Wales Sport Awards event on Monday 7 December will see the winner revealed in a programme available to watch live on the BBC Wales Sport website and on BBC iPlayer (UK only) from 20:00 GMT. Further coverage will be on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

The eight nominees, chosen by an expert panel, and listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • Gareth Bale
  • Dan Biggar
  • Aled Sion Davies
  • Jade Jones
  • Lee Selby
  • Non Stanford
  • Geraint Thomas
  • Ashley Williams

The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year will be revealed at the ceremony hosted by Jason Mohammad and Dot Davies from the Sport Wales National Centre on Monday, 7 December.

Other awards to be presented on the night include Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (Carwyn James Award) plus Lifetime Achievement.

The Unsung Hero award has already been given to Jane Roberts and Nerys Ellis for their work at Llanrwst Swimming Club who will appear at the ceremony and go on to represent Wales at the UK BBC Sports Personality of the Year event in Belfast on Sunday 20 December.

For information on how to vote, visit the BBC Cymru Wales site.