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Evans collects Mendrisio d'Oro in Switzerland

By:
Richard Tyler
Published:
March 21, 2010, 10:32 GMT,
Updated:
March 21, 2010, 10:44 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, March 21, 2010
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)

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Australian joins roll-call of current and former cycling champions

Reigning World Champion Cadel Evans was officially presented with the 2009 Mendrisio d'Oro by the Velo Club Mendrisio in Switzerland last week.

The BMC rider joined an impressive list of riders to receive the annual award. Past recipients include Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong. As a resident of Mendrisio during the racing season, Evans was also afforded the unique privilege of receiving the award from his local mayor.

"Winning the Mendrisio d'Oro is a great honour for any cyclist, just look at the list of past winners," Evans said.

"For me personally, to be presented such an internationally-recognised award by the mayor of my local town is an even greater honour."

Mendrisio was the site of Evans' World Championship victory last September, when he staged a late-race attack to claim his, and Australia's, first elite road race world title.

Evans succeeded Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who won the award on two occasions, in 2006 and 2008.
 

Winners of the Mendrisio d'Oro
2009 Cadel Evans    
2008 Fabian Cancellara    
2007 Paolo Bettini    
2006 Fabian Cancellara    
2005 Tom Boonen    
2004 Oscar Freire    
2003 Paolo Bettini    
2002 Mario Cipollini    
2001 Erik Zabel    
2000 Francesco Casagrande    
1999 Lance Armstrong    
1998 Marco Pantani    
1997 Alex Zulle    
1996 Johann Museeuw    
1995 Laurent Jalabert    
1994 Tony Rominger    
1993 Pascal Richard    
1992 Miguel Indurain    
1991 Claudio Chiappucci    
1990 Gianni Bugno    
1989 Tony Rominger    
1988 Charly Mottet    
1987 Stephen Roche    
1986 Greg Lemond    
1985 Urs Freuler    
1984 Sean Kelly    
1983 Francesco Moser    
1982 Giuseppe Saronni    
1981 Ciclismo Svizzero    
1980 Bernard Hinault    
1979 Bernard Hinault    
1978 Francesco Moser    
1977 Michel Pollentier    
1976 Freddy Maertens    
1975 Roger De Vlaeminck    
1974 Raymond Poulidor    
1973 Felice Gimondi    
1972 Eddy Merckx    

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