Rebellin appreciation thread.

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Nirvana said:
This man will ride beyond 50, i've read some days ago on his Facebook page that he already started training for next season even if i think he doesn't have a contract signed at the moment.
By his own admission they guy doesn't have a live outside cycling.
 
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Nirvana said:
This man will ride beyond 50, i've read some days ago on his Facebook page that he already started training for next season even if i think he doesn't have a contract signed at the moment.
Davide Rebellin has announced his retirement. The 47-year-old Italian tells La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will end his professional career after the Italian championship.
Rebellin has been under contract with the Algerian Sovac in recent months. On behalf of that team, he rode a few races in France earlier this year. After financial disagreement, the contract with the continental formation was dissolved by mutual agreement.
Rebellin found a new employer in Meridiana Kamen. In the shirt of the Croatian formation he will be at the start of the Tour of Albania (2.2, 20-24 May). The Italian championship will then be his last game on 30 June.
 
Max Rockatansky said:
Today is a sad day for cycling. :(
I think he really was the cycling version of Bernard Hopkins, super professional and living like a monk to be competitive at +40years of age.
Not selecting him (or Gasparotto) for the 2014 WC was a huge mistake.
He was still competitive in 2013-2015.
 
He's not fast at all (in the reduced sprint at the top of Păltiniș climb two days ago was even gapped by the other riders in the front group) and that's well understandable given his age but his climbing level is still pretty good for this level of races so when there is an hard enough MTF to gradually drop riders so does't end up in an exlosive battle he's always there grabbing a good result.

BTW he was't a really fast rider even in his days.
 
Davide is working for his comeback. In my opinion, he did a nice 2021, with nice results... Sadly, he got injured twice.

Main thing is, that he finally stopped talking about retirement. He clearly loves what he does, he‘s still good, and we love seeing him in the peloton.

To be honest, I could still imagine seeing him riding for a WT or PCT team. In today‘s WT and PCT teams, there are riders who are weaker than Rebellin. Rebellin would not win Liege nowadays, but he would be a solid helper and road captain.

What a career... So great to still see him in the peloton...!
 

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