An amazing scene
Photo ©: Sirotti
A masterpiece isn't judged solely on composition. No, a masterpiece also
needs to convey a moment, offer a sense of atmosphere and emotion. The
ability to capture such an image is something the readers of Cyclingnews
feel Fotoreporter Sirotti has in bucket loads. While he's never taken
the title in consecutive years, the Italian photographer has claimed the
title for the third year - with the first being CN's inaugural Reader
Poll Awards in 2001 and the second in 2003.
Like his first title in 2001, Sirotti has again claimed the crown with
an image from the Paris-Roubaix
day race. The image, which depicts a four-deep crowed cheering on Fabian
Cancellara to victory ahead of favourite Tom Boonen, is exceptionally
well composed, particularly considering it was shot from the back of a
The runner-up in this year's poll unquestionably captures a moment -
a painful one at that. The image is one
of a sequence snapped by Australian shooter Mark Gunter that depicts
rider Kui Song falling under the wheel of the team's support car in China's
Rounding out our top three is an image by Roberto Bettini from the 97th
Milan - San Remo in Italy. The images shows the elation of victor
Filippo Pozzato with Quick.Step teammate Tom Boonen joining in on celebrations
in the background while an exhausted Alessandro Petacchi appearing to
just be glad the race is over.
Just missing out on this year's top three was a photo similar to last
year's winner, of Australia's Robbie McEwen in a bit of tour argy-bargy.
Last year it was McEwen and fellow countryman Stuart O'Grady going head
to head in a Bettini photo that took out the honours, this year Jonathan
Devich's images of the Davitamon-Lotto rider going shoulder-to-shoulder
with Rabobank's Oscar Freire just missed a podium position.