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Cyclingnews 2005 Reader Poll Results
Best male Cyclo-cross rider
Sven Nys has swept the vote for best male cyclocross rider category for in three of the four years since we began the Cyclingnews reader poll in 2001. Only when Bart Wellens had his rainbow year in 2003 and completely dominated the 2003-4 season did he knock Nys off the top spot.
This year, though, Nys has been almost unstoppable, winning race after race in the World Cup, Superprestige and GVA series. He gets to defend his world title at the end of next month, and it will be illuminating to see if his run of good form can last till then.
If anyone threatens Nys at worlds it will be Bart Wellens, who came second in the poll with just under 13 percent of the vote. Wellens has been riding strongly of late, especially when not hampered by idiots throwing mud and beer at him.
Perennially popular US cross specialist Jonathan Page was third.
Votes %ge 1 Sven Nys 3248 50.9 2 Bart Wellens 818 12.8 3 Jonathan Page 534 8.4 4 Ryan Trebon 344 5.4 5 Tim Johnson 337 5.3 6 Daniele Pontoni 255 4.0 7 Barry Wicks 243 3.8 8 Richard Groenendaal 201 3.2 9 Gerben De Knecht 159 2.5 10 Enrico Franzoi 141 2.2 11 Petr Dlask 99 1.6 Total 6379