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Cyclingnews 2007 Reader Poll Results
Best male track rider
No beating the Bos
By Laura Weislo
Our poll for best male trackie was as close as a World Championship match sprint, and two World Champions were neck and neck for the win. Dutch sprinter Theo Bos squeaked in ahead of Scot Chris Hoy on the bike throw by just 23 votes, but these two fast men were clearly the most impressive men on the boards in 2007 to our readers.
Bos, winner of the world sprint title in Majorca, must have left the Ahoy velodrome in Rotterdam this week with the Village People's "Macho Man" firmly embedded in his head after winning both the Masters of Sprint and Sprint Six Day titles: each time he won, the song confirmed that he is, indeed, a macho man. As if we needed any further evidence, Bos set the World Record for the flying 200m in Moscow late in 2006 - breaking an 11-year-old record with a 9.772.
Hoy has his own record to crow about to go along with his two world championship titles. The keirin and kilo champ set out to break the 1000m world record in 2007 only to fall just shy. He managed to salvage his trip to La Paz, Bolivia, with a new world record for a flying 500m - smashing the previous record by more than a second.
Another double World Champion was third in our poll. British pursuiter Bradley Wiggins has rainbow bands for both the individual and team pursuit, as well as victories on the road in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Four Days of Dunkirk and Duo Normand. He beat out perennial favourite Erik Zabel for the podium spot.
In fifth place was the man with the mullet, Bruno Risi, who, along with his fellow Swiss Franco Marvulli, has the world Madison title as well as wins in the Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hasselt, Munich, Noorden and Dortmund Six Days. Risi came in ahead of the mad Russian, Mikhail Ignatiev, whose attacking style earned him the bronze in the World Championship points race.
Ignatiev beat Australian sprinter Ben Kersten by just ten points, while the top ten was rounded out with World Points Race Champion Juan Llaneras, Belgian Iljo Keisse and Swiss Franco Marvulli.
Votes %ge 1 Theo Bos 2321 27.88% 2 Chris Hoy 2298 27.60% 3 Bradley Wiggins 1359 16.32% 4 Erik Zabel 694 8.34% 5 Bruno Risi 495 5.95% 6 Mikhail Ignatiev 360 4.32% 7 Ben Kersten 350 4.20% 8 Juan Llaneras 176 2.11% 9 Iljo Keisse 150 1.80% 10 Franco Marvulli 122 1.47% Total: 8325