2013 Reader Poll: Sven Nys voted best cyclo-cross rider

Another year, another best cyclo-cross rider victory for Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) as voted by the readers of Cyclingnews. The 37-year-old Belgian has absolutely owned the category, winning for the 10th straight year and the 12th time in the 13-year history of the Reader Poll, earning a massive 47.7% of the votes in this year's tally. Reigning women's 'cross world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) finished second with 20.9% while nine-time US women's champion and current World Cup leader Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) rounded out the top three at 9.2% of the vote.

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2013 Best Cyclo-cross Rider
1Sven Nys47.7%
2Marianne Vos20.9%
3Katie Compton9.2%
4Lars van der Haar6.1%
5Niels Albert5.0%
6Helen Wyman2.9%
7Kevin Pauwels2.9%
8Mathieu van der Poel2.7%
9Mike Teunissen1.5%
10Klaas Vantornout1.3%

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.