Another award for Boonen

Quick.Step's Tom Boonen has been given yet another award for his outstanding achievements in the 2005 season. After winning the French Vélo d'Or, a Swiss jury has honoured the current World Champion with the 34th edition of the Mendrisio d'Oro, which was given to Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini and Mario Cipollini in 2004, 2003 and 2002 respectively. The young Belgian earned it this year for his victories in Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and of course the World's in Madrid.

The Mendrisio d'Argento traditionally given to Swiss riders went to Thomas Frischknecht, double Marathon World Champion and winner of two World Championships in cyclo-cross.

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