Davide Rebellin hangs up the bike at the age of 51

The world of cycling fired this Sunday in the peloton one of its ‘old rockers’, the Italian Davide Rebellín, the oldest cyclist in the peloton, who will hang up the bike at the end of the season at 51 years old and that this Sunday he played his last race as a professional in the Veneto Classic. Rebellin, who has played his last two seasons in the Work Service, finished in thirtieth position, 4:08 behind the winner Marc Hirschi despite his longevity.

Rebellin hangs up the bike after a race in which he has alternated light and shadow. Among his greatest successes, with a total of 61 victories, it should be noted that he is one of the few cyclists who can boast of having won at least once the three Ardennes Triptych classics and, together with Philippe Gilbert, the only one who has been able to win them in the same year after winning the Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2004 ( Gilbert, who has also retired this year, did it in 2011.) Other notable victories for the Italian include the San Sebastian Classic in 1997, the Tirreno-Adriatico general in 2001 and the Paris-Nice general in 2008.

However, the figure of Davide Rebellin has also cast the shadow of doping. Some suspicions that took more prominence after the Beijing Olympic Games, where the Italian cyclist tested positive for CERA, the third-generation EPO, and where he lost the silver medal he had won after being second behind Samuel Sánchez in favor of the Swiss Fabian Cancellara. After serving a two-year sanction without competing between April 2009 and April 2011, Rebellin returned to wearing a bib number in more modest teams such as Miche or CCC among others to achieve victories in races such as Tre Valli Varesine in 2011, the Giro dell’Emilia in 2014 or the Coppa Agostoni in 2015. An old rocker who will be missed by the peloton for his passion for competing until he is 51 years old.

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