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Thomas 13/5 For SPOTY After Tour Victory

Geraint Thomas is the 13/5* second favourite with Paddy Power to win this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after the Welshman completed his maiden Tour de France victory in Paris on Sunday.

Thomas is untainted by the controversies surrounding Team Sky in recent years and his success has been largely well-received by French crowds. In a year of few great sporting victories for British stars, Thomas ought to be the strongest contender for the award after winning cycling’s premier event, but it is Harry Kane who leads the way after winning the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

A hat-trick against Panama and a brace against Tunisia shouldn’t trump winning the Tour de France, but the Tottenham and England striker is odds-on across the board, at best odds of 19/20* with Bet365, and would be the first footballer to claim the award since an inexplicable success for Ryan Giggs in 2009. The 2014 winner of the SPOTY award, Lewis Hamilton, could come into contention if, as expected, he wins a fifth world title, but the Mercedes driver is rated a 16/1* chance by Ladbrokes. Heavyweight world champ Anthony Joshua, meanwhile, is 14/1* across the board.

*All odds quoted are subject to change