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Cyclingnews 2005 Reader Poll Results
Best Female road rider
British rider Nicole Cooke certainly has a lot of fans, as she was voted Female Road Rider of the Year by Cyclingnews readers. Cooke scored 1721 votes - more than a quarter of the total - to beat Oenone Wood and Kristin Armstrong into second and third places.
Cooke's season this year was more consistent than her injury-plagued 2004, and she notched up wins in the GP Wallonie and Fleche Wallonne, Trofeo Citta di Rosignano, Cittiglio (Varese), British Road Race Championships, and a stage of the Giro della Toscana, as well as finishing second in the World Championship Road Race and La Primavera Rosa World Cup. She ended the season sixth on the UCI rankings and ninth in the World Cup.
Second ranked female road cyclist in our poll with 1188 votes was Oenone Wood, who had another impressive season. The highlights of Wood's year were winning the World Cup overall and finishing first on the UCI rankings, as well as winning two Australian titles, two rounds and the overall of the Bay Series criteriums, two stages and the overall of the Geelong women's tour, three stages of the Tour de L'Aude, and three of the Tour of Montreal. What she lacked was a World Cup race win, although she finished second on three occasions in Geelong, Fleche Wallonne and Montreal. She also scored a bronze medal at the World's.
American rider Kristin Armstrong was third in our poll, after winning two stages and the overall of the Sea Otter classic and the Panamerican Championship Time Trial. She also finished third in the World Championship time trial and the Tour de l'Aude.
Votes %ge 1 Nicole Cooke 1721 25.8 2 Oenone Wood 1188 17.8 3 Kristin Armstrong 899 13.5 4 Judith Arndt 884 13.2 5 Ina Teutenberg 471 7.0 6 Christine Thorburn 340 5.1 7 Tina Mayola-Pic 283 4.2 8 Susanne Ljungskog 174 2.6 9 Amber Neben 165 2.5 10 Mirjam Melchers 158 2.4 11 Karin Thurig 127 1.9 12 Nicole Brandli 80 1.2 13 Regina Schleicher 61 0.9 14 Georgia Bronzini 50 0.7 15 Svetlana Boubenkova 47 0.7 16 Suzanne DeGoede 33 0.5 Total 6681