Cavendish is tipped for top award

MARK Cavendish is the favourite to win the Sports Journalists’ Association Sportsman of the Year Award.

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, the Isle of Man-born cyclist is 11/10 to lift the crown.

2011 has been a great year for Cavendish who con the coveted green jersey in the Tour de France and became the road race world champion in Copenhagen.

Golfers Darren Clarke (3/1) and Rory McIlroy (6/1) are next in the market along with Mo Farah (also 6/1).

The Sportswoman of the Year betting market looks to be very open with jockey Hayley Turner and Mansfield-based swimmer Rebbecca Adlington sharing favouritism at 3/1.

Beth Tweddle is 4/1 and Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis is 5/1.

Ladbrokes believe the Team of the Year Award is almost certainly destined to go to the Ashes winning side (1/20).

The Solheim Cup team (12/1) and the GB & Ireland Walker Cup team (20/1) appear to offer the most likely opposition.

The SJA will announce its 2011 awards on Wednesday, December 7.