Bradley Wiggins takes a leaf out of Christopher Maloney’s book, thanks ‘me nan’ on accepting Sports Personality of the Year award

Last night Bradley Wiggins picked up the most prestigious award in the field of sports, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

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Bradley thanked 'me nan' last night on winning the award. Copyright [PA/Wenn]

And a thoroughly deserving win it was too.

Picking up the award at the ceremony, Bradley took to the stage where the ghost of Christopher Maloney seemed to take over him momentarily.

Taking the mickey out of the Liverpudlian crooner, Bradley made a special thanks to 'me nan' for picking up the phone and voting for him countless times.

Well at least he was honest.

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He said: "We have had all that jungle stuff and X Factor stuff in the last couple of weeks, so... For people who picked up and paid £1.50 to vote, thank you very much.

"And thanks to me nan. Your cheque's is in the post because I know you will have pressed redial so many times.

"What a year. To be standing on this stage with the likes of these people next to me is incredible."

Bradley beat Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray to the title. Copyright [PA]

Bradley also went on to thank his cycling team mates for their support.

He continued: "I'd like to thank my team-mates, Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton. I'd like to thank British Cycling and Sky for paying me."

The cyclist beat out Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis to the title, gaining an impressive 30.25% of the vote.

A very similar percentage to what Christopher Maloney gained during the first seven weeks of the X Factor.