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Cyclingnews 2005 Reader Poll Results
Best female cyclocross rider
Just as she has blitzed almost every race in North America this season, Lyne Bessette blitzed the poll for top female cyclocross rider. It's hardly surprising - about the only significant race Bessette has not won this year was the US national championships because, of course, as a Canadian she's not actually eligible.
In Bessette's absence, poll runner-up Katie Compton made her annual appearance at a major cross event and won the US national championship. You have to admire Compton's style. She trains quietly at home for a few months, turns up to nationals and blitzes the field, then declines a spot on the US team because it's more important to her to be able to captain a tandem for blind stoker Karissa Whitsell in Paralympic events. That's class, and 18 percent of you agree!
Top German cyclocrosser Hanka Kupfernagel was third.
Votes %ge 1 Lyne Bessette 2106 33.5 2 Katie Compton 1153 18.4 3 Hanka Kupfernagel 847 13.5 4 Daphny van Den Brand 646 10.3 5 Barbara Howe 633 10.1 6 Christine Vardaros 307 4.9 7 Wendy Simms 272 4.3 8 Laurence Leboucher 240 3.8 9 Maryline Salvetat 77 1.2 Total 6281