2013 Reader Poll: Voigt, Vaughters top Twitter list

Engagement with fans earns votes

RadioShack-Leopard's Jens Voigt and Garmin-Sharp team manager Jonathan Vaughters earned the top spots in the Cyclingnews reader poll for best rider and non-rider on Twitter for the second year running.

Ever popular with the fans, Voigt endeared himself to his nearly 150,000 followers with a constant stream of updates on races, his travels and his adventures with his large family. Unlike many riders, Voigt takes the time to respond directly to messages, even inviting fans to meet him for photos when they visit nearby.

The result was a huge margin of victory in our reader poll: Voigt topped Mark Cavendish by nearly 2,000 votes with 36.3% of the vote. David Millar rounded out the rider Twitter podium with 2333 votes, or 13%.

Vaughters had an even larger margin of victory, parlaying his running commentary on race action, doping cases, fish stories and occasional scatological humor into a massive tally of 5404 votes, racking up 38.4% of the entries. Anonymous commentator the Inner Ring was second with 15% ahead of notable cycling journalist Paul Kimmage.


Best rider on Twitter
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jens Voigt (@thejensie)6508/ 36.3%
2Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish)4566/ 25.5%
3David Millar (@millarmind)2333/ 13.0%
4Taylor Phinney (@taylorphinney)1548/ 8.6%
5Ted King (@iamtedking )1239/ 6.9%
6Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam)712/ 4.0%
7Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett)416/ 2.3%
8Koen de Kort (@koendekort)212/ 1.2%
9Helen Wyman (@CXHelen)208/ 1.2%
10Marco Pinotti (@marcopinotti)199/ 1.1%
Best non-rider on Twitter
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters)5404/ 38.4%
2the Inner Ring (@inrng)2107/ 15.0%
3Paul Kimmage (@PaulKimmage)1348/ 9.6%
4Brian Holm (@brianholm1962)1314/ 9.3%
5Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio)928/ 6.6%
6Oleg Tinkov (@olegtinkov)904/ 6.4%
7Peloton Watch (@PelotonWatch)813/ 5.8%
8Michael Creed (@Michael_Creed)694/ 4.9%
9Nyvelocity (@nyvelocity)343/ 2.4%
10Mikkel Condé (@mrconde)228/ 1.6%

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