Cycling: Chris Froome
Chris Froome was the man that 2012 forgot. He was there and played an impressive part – runner-up in the Tour de France, Olympic bronze medallist – but it was reduced to little more than that of a walk-on thanks to the man who won the Tour and won the gold medal in the same Olympic race. Froome was Bradley Wiggins' right-hand man throughout the Tour, always in the picture but rarely the centre of attention. There was one notable occasion when he was, on the 11th stage when all of a sudden he rode away from Wiggins, only to be barked back to the leader's side by angry instructions from the team car. This year it could be very different.
The 2013 Tour de France is predicted to favour the climbers, something which will suit the Kenyan-born Briton. The battle – for that is was it will be, and an intense one too – to receive the nod from Dave Brailsford to lead Team Sky into the Tour will in itself be one of the sporting contests of 2013 – except it will be largely unseen by us as it will happen in training. Froome desperately wants it, as of course does Wiggins and, if the 27-year-old gets it, another British triumph in France's great race will be a real possibility.