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Best photo

The crowd at Liège-Bastogne-Liège
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European racing is all about colour, tradition and being able to get so close to the riders they sweat on you. Sirotti captured all those aspects of the European scene in this image of the peloton climbing a cramped street in Houffalize in this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

We nominated several images by American documentary photographer Caroline Yang and her passionate pictures took three of the remaining top five places, and captured some of the most dramatic moments of the 2004 Tour de France. Another crowd scene, by regular Cyclingnews photographer Jon Devich, landed fifth place.



                                                                     Votes    %ge
1 The peloton at Houffalize, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sirotti              44    8.2
2 Jan Ullrich trying to catch Lance Armstrong, TdF, Caroline Yang       36    6.7
3 Tyler Hamilton getting some help from the crowd, TdF, Caroline Yang   25    4.6
4 The Armstrong and Basso  duo took flight again, TdF, Caroline Yang    23    4.3
5 Crowd scene on the climb to Plateau de Beillen, TdF, Jon Devich       18    3.3
6 Jan Ullrich fighting to get to the Paris podium, TdF, Caroline Yang   16    3.0
7 Lance Armstrong beats Andreas Kloden, TdF, Roberto Bettini            15    2.8
8 Magnus Backstedt's pain and disappointment, TdF, Jon Devich           12    2.2
9 Erik Zabel realises his mistake, Milan - Sanremo, Roberto Bettini     10    1.9
10 Rubiera and Postal leading the peloton, TdF, Caroline Yang            8    1.5
11 Thor Hushovd and Credit Agricole, TdF, Caroline Yang                  7    1.3
11 Oscar Freire beats Erik Zabel, Milan - Sanremo, Sirotti               7    1.3
11 There is only one Mario Cipollini, Giro, Sirotti                      7    1.3
14 Thomas Voeckler delighted, TdF, Sirotti                               6    1.1
14 Salvatore Commesso gets encouragement, Flanders, Roberto Bettini      6    1.1
14 A bit more power than usual, Niki Gudex diary, Niki & friends         6    1.1
17 The Big Cheese cruising down the French Alps, TdF, Caroline Yang      5    0.9
17 Lance Armstrong wins the 15th stage, TdF, Roberto Bettini             5    0.9
19 Armstrong celebrates his fourth stage win, TdF, Sirotti               4    0.7
20 Lance Armstrong leads Jan Ullrich, TdF, Roberto Bettini               3    0.6
20 Michael Rogers passes Oscar Sevilla , TdF, Caroline Yang              3    0.6
20 Ivan Basso (CSC) celebrates, TdF, Roberto Bettini                     3    0.6
20 Peter Van Petegem and Johan Museeuw, Paris-Roubaix, Sirotti           3    0.6
20 Niki goes snorkeling,niki Gudex diary, Niki & friends                 3    0.6
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