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Cyclingnews 2006 Reader Poll Results
Best female track rider
You chose the best of the best for this year's female trackie of the year. Olympic gold medalist, world record holder, and world cup champion Anna Meares of Australia took more than 23 percent of the votes, and it was well deserved. Meares began 2006 by overcoming some nagging back problems to take the win in the Commonwealth Games, and a second place at the world championships in the 500m time trial.
When the 2006-2007 season started, Meares came out of the gates as strong as ever at the Sydney world cup, taking the team sprint with sister Kerrie, and the 500m time trial where she broke her own world record, setting a new mark of 33.944 seconds.
Our second placed woman hasn't focused on the track for a couple years, but is a perennial favourite female rider and a very talented athlete who has competed successfully in just about every cycling discipline, Nicole Cooke. The popular British rider came in 276 points ahead of American world champion Sarah Hammer.
Hammer, who nearly retired in 2004, came back to the sport with a clear head and full committment. She's won four world cup titles, and this year, she became the first American woman to win a world title on the track since Rebecca Twigg.
The fourth and fifth places spots go to the Aussies. Commonwealth games points race champion Katherine Bates. Bates had a solid year, taking three Australian titles (road, scratch, and points races) and the win in the Sydney world cup points race, and took fourth in the poll. Behind her was Katie Mactier, winner of the Commonwealth Games and Sydney world cup pursuit.
Votes %ge 1 Anna Meares 2182 23.1 2 Nicole Cooke 1934 20.5 3 Sarah Hammer 1658 17.6 4 Katherine Bates 939 9.9 5 Katie Mactier 591 6.3 6 Victoria Pendleton 520 5.5 7 Natallia Tsylinskaya 336 3.6 8 Olga Slyussareva 256 2.7 9 Clara Sanchez 251 2.7 10 Yan Li 220 2.3 11 Maria Calle 199 2.1 12 Christin Muche 158 1.7 13 Vera Carrara 113 1.2 14 Shuang Guo 87 0.9 Total: 9444