Cyclist Mark Cavendish has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
"I am absolutely speechless. Just to be nominated was an incredible feeling," said the 26-year-old.
"The thing that makes this special is that with any sport, what you put in is what you get out. But with this, it is an honour," he explained.
"It is how people react to what I have achieved – that is what makes it the biggest honour possible for me."
Mark admitted that 2012 could be still more momentous for him, given that it promises both the birth of his first daughter in April and the opportunity of Olympic gold.
"It is important that I provide my daughter with the best life possible, which means succeeding," he said. "I want her to be proud of her daddy and that is more of a drive for me.”
Golfer Darren Clarke, who triumphed at the Open, was second on the Sports Personality list, with world 5,000m champion athlete Mo Farah third.