After 30 years as a professional, the controversial Italian is hanging up his wheels. Sort of.
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some of the biggest names in our sport hang up their wheels . Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali, Philippe Gilbert – all have now completed their final races as professionals.
Joining that trio this past weekend, though, was a rider with more experience than any of those three giants of the sport. A rider who amassed a staggering 30 years as a professional before calling it quits.
In Sunday’s second edition of the Veneto Classic, a third-tier one-day race in Italy’s hilly north east, local rider Davide Rebellin pinned on a number for the very last time, aged 51. Rebellin at his final team presentation on Sunday. Rebellin had come into the race expecting an emotional day on his local roads.
“I am happy to have this great opportunity to say goodbye and to thank everyone with a race that will take place on my roads,” Rebellin said via a team press release on the eve of the race. “It will be 190 very special kilometers, during which emotions are sure to come out for me. I will have the opportunity and the time to look back on the good and bad times that have characterised my career, but also to take advantage of the support of my supporters.”
And Rebellin started the final UCI Europe Tour event of the season feeling positive about his own prospects.
“I feel good, I’m in good […]