Former pro cyclist Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel has been given the fashion award "Lingeriedraagster" 2005 in her home country, the Netherlands. The Dutch lingerie industry honoured the multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist for her dressing habits as well as her "100 percent ladylike appearances."
Van Moorsel was pleased with the award. "Before, my cycling colleagues always laughed at me, saying 'who is she with her lipstick on?', she said. "But now, all of the girls in our [Van Bemmelen-AA Drink] team wear lipgloss. I just really like fashion."
Yesterday, the Dutch cycling celebrity also got to put her Gold medal winning bike up next to Joop Zoetemelk's in the Olympic Stadium "Olympic experience" museum in Amsterdam. The Koga-Miyata-branded bike (made by Bike Technologies) served her well during the Olympic Games in Athens, when she won the Time Trial, and will now be exhibited to the public.