“Has the BBC taken time off for the summer?” “
SPORTS fans are furious at the BBC’s decision to snub cycling star Mark Cavendish from the 2021 Sports Personality of the Year list.
Cav, 36, struggled with physical and mental health issues to win four stages of this year’s Tour de France to tie Eddy Merckx’s all-time record.
But he has been overlooked in place of six other British sports stars – including one who doesn’t even want to be there!
Boxer Tyson Fury could PROSECUT the Beeb after threatening broadcaster with legal action if named.
But the Gypsy King has always been selected alongside Olympic stars Adam Peaty and Tom Daley, footballer Raheem Sterling, tennis sensation Emma Raducanu and Paralympic legend Dame Sarah Storey.
F1 legend – and last year’s winner – Lewis Hamilton was also ruled out after missing a record-breaking EIGHTH world title in controversial circumstances on Sunday.
A late FIA U-turn offered the victory to Max Verstappen instead.
And while there has been some setback on this BBC decision, cycling fans have also revolted against Cavendish’s snub.
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Matthew Knowles tweeted: “WTF, where’s Mark Cavendish ?! Has the BBC taken summer?”
Andrew Bain added: “@BBCSport just saw the SPOTY shortlist and really disbelieves that Cavendish was left out despite being responsible for [one of] the greatest sports comebacks of all time.
“The most ridiculous decision in the history of this event. Change the list! “
And Karl Watson wrote: “Mark Cavendish being snubbed of a #SPOTY nomination sums up how much of a joke it has become.”
In the summer of 2020, Cavendish’s career came to a halt.
He hadn’t won major wins in years, he suffered from health issues, and a new generation of sprinters had emerged in cycling.
The Sprint King has battled the Epstein Barr virus, clinical depression and various injuries.
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But thanks to his iron will, his determination to come back and a few strokes of luck, the Briton was back in the saddle on the Tour this year.
Cavendish only got the call from the Deceuninck-QuickStep team after Sam Bennett was injured.
And he completed the comeback almost flawlessly by winning four stages to tie Merckx’s record of 34 and pocketing the green jersey.