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2013 Reader Poll: Voigt, Vaughters top Twitter list

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Cycling News
Published:
December 22, 2013, 16:03,
Updated:
December 23, 2013, 01:25
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, December 22, 2013
Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

  • Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters was present in Milan for the unveiling of the new leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
  • Jens Voigt (RadioShack)

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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.

Results

Best rider on Twitter
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jens Voigt (@thejensie) 6508 / 36.3%
2 Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) 4566 / 25.5%
3 David Millar (@millarmind) 2333 / 13.0%
4 Taylor Phinney (@taylorphinney) 1548 / 8.6%
5 Ted King (@iamtedking ) 1239 / 6.9%
6 Adam Hansen (@HansenAdam) 712 / 4.0%
7 Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) 416 / 2.3%
8 Koen de Kort (@koendekort) 212 / 1.2%
9 Helen Wyman (@CXHelen) 208 / 1.2%
10 Marco Pinotti (@marcopinotti) 199 / 1.1%
       
Best non-rider on Twitter
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) 5404 / 38.4%
2 the Inner Ring (@inrng) 2107 / 15.0%
3 Paul Kimmage (@PaulKimmage) 1348 / 9.6%
4 Brian Holm (@brianholm1962) 1314 / 9.3%
5 Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio) 928 / 6.6%
6 Oleg Tinkov (@olegtinkov) 904 / 6.4%
7 Peloton Watch (@PelotonWatch) 813 / 5.8%
8 Michael Creed (@Michael_Creed) 694 / 4.9%
9 Nyvelocity (@nyvelocity) 343 / 2.4%
10 Mikkel Condé (@mrconde) 228 / 1.6%
       
Raoul Duke 10 months ago
Voigt is awesome
Raoul Duke 10 months ago
Vaughters is controversial
cristi_schleck 10 months ago
Jens is UNSTOPPABLE on Twitter ! :)
bike_boy 10 months ago
and on the bike!
Pokerface07 10 months ago
Most of these people treat Twitter as a one-way announcement board. Depressing. Nice to see the 'good guys' getting recognition for interacting with fans when they can. (And Cav definitely is NOT one that interacts.)
TheCycleSeen 10 months ago
Have to say I've only heard of about 5 of the non-riders on that Twitter list, and Kimmage doesn't say much.
Mark Hornsby 10 months ago
Can't fro the life of me understand why anyone would want to read what a complete and utter d&$£es, like Vaughters and Tinkov, would have to say.