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Cyclingnews 2006 Reader Poll Results
Best team bike
Once again, Team CSC's Cervélo team bikes have taken top honors in the Cyclingnews Reader Poll with nearly a quarter of the votes, relegating even well established framebuilders Colnago and Pinarello to second and third place.
Cervélo and Team CSC have certainly come a long way since first inking their sponsorship agreement back in 2003. Bjarne Riis' team has benefited from being outfitted with some of the world's most admired framesets, starting with the then-revolutionary aluminum Soloist. While no one will claim that the team's bikes were solely responsible for Team CSC's extensive palmares over the years, they certainly didn't hurt.
In return, Cervélo heads Gerard Vroomen and Phil White have had access to some of the most competent and rigorous test riders in the world in developing their latest carbon creations. In only three short years, the landscape of the team's equipment has changed dramatically, swapping from those early aluminum creations to the lightweight carbon fiber R2.5 and now to the Cervélo's impressive Soloist Carbon, R3, and P3 designs.
In spite of their successes, Vroomen and White are clearly not content to sit on their laurels as the already successful Soloist Carbon and R3 frames have now spawned a pair of significantly lighter weight variants, the SLC-SL and the R3-SL. We'll see how these do in next year's poll, but for now, to the victor goes the spoils.
Votes %ge 1 Cervelo - Team CSC 2713 24.6 2 Colnago - Rabobank, Team Milram 1317 11.9 3 Pinarello - Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 1144 10.4 4 Trek - Discovery Channel 1023 9.3 5 BMC - Phonack 707 6.4 6 Time - Quickstep-Innergetic 702 6.4 7 Ridley - Davitamon-Lotto 580 5.3 8 Look - Credit Agricole 518 4.7 9 Specialized - Gerolsteiner 488 4.4 10 Bianchi - Liquigas 412 3.7 11 Scott - Saunier Duval-Prodir 411 3.7 12 Cannondale - Health Net 283 2.6 13 Giant - T-Mobile 277 2.5 14 Wilier - Lampre-Fondital 224 2.0 15 BH - Astana-Wurth 169 1.5 16 Lapierre - Franšaise des Jeux 78 0.7 Total: 11046