Thomas was recognised for an excellent yr whereas Elynor Backstedt received the younger sportswomen’s award

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas’s career-defining yr continued as he was topped Welsh Sports activities Persona of the 12 months.

The Group Sky rider had an excellent season, taking his first Tour victory together with two stage wins.

Younger British Biking academy rider Elynor Backstedt was additionally honoured, taking dwelling the Younger Sportswoman of the yr award.

Thomas has shot into the limelight after his win, showing on the Graham Norton Present alongside Nicole Kidman, and now taking the BBC Cymru Wales Sports activities Persona of the 12 months award.

It’s the second time he has received the award, after he was additionally topped in 2014.

Thomas informed BBC Sport Wales: “It’s large [the award], it’s one thing I at all times grew up watching after I was youthful.

“Simply to be nominated exhibits you’ve accomplished one thing particular within the yr, so to win it and have everybody vote for me is very nice, and it’s a stunning strategy to end off the yr.”

Snooker participant Mark Williams was second, having claimed a 3rd World Championship, whereas Wales’ first Winter Olympics medallist Laura Deas got here third after her bronze within the skeleton.

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British Biking efficiency director Stephen Park mentioned: “It’s improbable to see Geraint’s achievements of this previous yr being recognised by profitable the Wales Sports activities Persona of the 12 months award.

“To see what Geraint achieved not solely in Paris, but additionally throughout his biking profession to date has been an absolute pleasure to witness, and is testomony to the energy of British Biking’s pathway system in growing proficient younger riders into world-class cyclists and hopefully serves as an inspiration for younger riders to comply with in his tracks.

“I’d like to increase my congratulations to Geraint and I sit up for seeing what she will obtain all through the remainder of his profession.”

The winner is voted for by the general public from a listing of candidates chosen by a panel, and is awarded to the one who has achieved most in Welsh sport over the past yr.

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British Biking’s monitor expertise Elinor Barker was additionally nominated for the award, having received gold within the girls’s factors race for Wales on the Commonwealth Video games earlier this yr.

Barker additionally received gold within the workforce pursuit as a part of the Nice Britain squad on the European Championships.

There was extra Welsh biking success on the ceremony, as Elynor Backstedt received the Carwyn James Younger Sportswoman of the 12 months award.

Backstedt, daughter of retired professional Magnus, received bronze on the junior girls’s particular person time trial on the 2018 World Championships in Austria.

Park added: “I’d additionally wish to congratulate Elynor Backstedt on her award this night.

“She put in a terrific efficiency in Innsbruck to win the bronze medal, and the longer term is actually shiny for this junior academy rider.”



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