Eighty-nine readers voted in the poll that asked: “Who among the cyclists in the TDF 2005 could fill Armstrong's cleats in 2006?”
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team member George Hincapie, left, is your choice, with 26% of the vote. Hincapie has been a member of Armstrong's teams since before he started winning TDF championships in 1999 and won his first Tour de France stage this year.
The 32-year-old New York native and current resident of Greenville, S.C., is reportedly under consideration as the new team leader, according to this July 25 article in Newsday. He won Stage 15 of the Tour this year, marking the first time that any Armstrong teammate has won a stage in the Tour.
Others members of the team that have the chance to lead the Discovery team include Yaroslav Popovych, the 25-year-old from Ukraine who won the white jersey of the Best Young Rider at this year's tour.
Another possibility is Paolo Savoldelli, the Italian team member who won the Giro d'Italia earlier this year and 2002 and also the Tour's 17th Stage.
The rest of the field:
Hincapie (1, Discovery) 24 votes;
None (2, no team) 20 votes;
Levi Leipheimer (3, Gerolsteiner) 16 votes;
Floyd Landis (4, Phonak) 14 votes;
David Zabriskie (5, CSC) 9 votes;
Bobby Julich (6, CSC) 4 votes;
Fred Rodriguez (7, Davitamon-Lotto) 1 vote;
Chris Horner (9, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 0 votes.