Evans collects Mendrisio d'Oro in Switzerland

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

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