January 3, 2009

Christian Vande Velde, Tour of Missouri stage 6 The results of the Cyclingnews 2008 reader poll are in and Christian Vande Velde took the Most Improved Rider category by a HUGE margin over second place Carlos Sastre.

Christian took more than half the total votes as he clearly demonstrated this past year that “…he had the potential to not only hang with the best, but is himself one of the best.”

Also notable, neo-pro and current Irish National Champion Dan Martin was recognized for his breakout year, coming in a solid 6th in the poll.

Cyclingnews Results : votes out of 11,513 total
1. Christian Vande Velde 6147 votes
2. Carlos Sastre 1428
3. Kim Kirchen 1405
4. Philippe Gilbert 782
5. Andre Greipel 632
6. Dan Martin 390
7. Chris Anker Sorensen 243
8. Matti Breschel 237
9. Enrico Gasparotto 106
10. Yuri Trofimov 73
11. Jurgen Roelandts 70