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Cyclingnews 2007 Reader Poll Results
Best female road rider
Armstrong edges out Cooke
American Kirsten Armstrong may not have been able to defend her world time trial title against the onslaught of power from German Hanka Kupfernagel in 2007, but she powered her way to the top of our reader poll, edging out Great Britain's Nicole Cooke by a slim 50 votes.
Armstrong took another US time trial championship in 2007, as well as the Holland Ladies Tour overall thanks to her strength against the clock. She stormed to victory in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, and then took that silver medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart.
Your second placed rider, Nicole Cooke, had a spectacular year, beginning with wins in Geelong and Ronde van Vlaanderen, and led the UCI World Cup until the last round when a bum knee cost her the series victory at the Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt. Cooke lost out to the outgoing World Champion Marianne Vos, who took third in our poll.
German Judith Arndt squeaked out a win in the Thüringen-Rundfahrt by just 0.4 seconds, and she narrowly bested the up and coming American talent Mara Abbott to take fourth by 11 votes. Abbott, with her surprise second place in the Montreal World Cup and US road championship caught the attention of nearly 500 of you.
German World Time Trial champion Hanka Kupfernagel was sixth, ahead of sprinter Ina Teutenberg, while World Road Race champion Maria Bastianelli only garnered 1.87% of the vote to take eighth ahead of British rider Emma Pooley.
Votes %ge 1 Kristin Armstrong 2573 28.79% 2 Nicole Cooke 2523 28.23% 3 Marianne Vos 1868 20.90% 4 Judith Arndt 509 5.70% 5 Mara Abbott 498 5.57% 6 Hanka Kupfernagel 348 3.89% 7 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg 176 1.97% 8 Maria Bastianelli 167 1.87% 9 Emma Pooley 110 1.23% 10 Fabiana Luperini 79 0.88% 11 Giorgia Bronzini 44 0.49% 12 Noemi Cantele 42 0.47% Total: 8937