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Cyclingnews 2006 Reader Poll Results

Best team bike

CSC's Cervélo tops the list for the second year running
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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.

Results

                                                 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