Davide Rebellin will nonetheless be an expert bicycle owner at 50
Davide Rebellin has extended his professional racing career to a 29th season by signing with the Italian Continental team, Work Service Marchiol Vega.
Rebellin, who started his professional career back in 1992, will still be racing when he turns 50 this August.
Rebellin was affiliated with the Cambodia Cycling Academy for that season, but a deal never came off. Instead, Rebel used social media over the weekend to announce that he had signed with Work Service Marchiol Vega.
"It's nice to be able to drive with new goals and with the support of managers who have given me their closeness and trust," said Rebellin in a team statement. “For me, cycling is much more than a job and a passion: I see myself again in my young teammates, their efforts and their projects. More than teaching them anything, I want to convey to the entire team the emotions that cycling gives me every day. "
Rebellin will be by far the oldest driver on the team. At 49, he is more than twice as old as the next oldest driver.
As part of his work at Work Service, Marchiol will help Vega Rebellin develop the team's Dynatek motorcycles.
"I am happy to be part of the big Dynatek family," said Rebellin. "I like the philosophy that goes with this brand, the willingness to bring a completely Italian high-tech product to life and the search for the performance that comes with every project."
Rebellin has won 61 career victories, including three editions of La Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Amstel Gold Race. His career was hampered by a positive test for CERA at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, where he won a silver medal in a road race. This medal was later stripped from him and Rebellin was banned for two years.
He returned to the sport in 2011 at the age of 39. After a few years in the Continental ranks, he spent four seasons with the CCC Sprandi Polkowice Pro Continental team. Since 2017 he has driven for a number of small Continental teams, including Work Service Marchiol Vega.
Rebellin will make his debut with the team on March 3rd at the Trofeo Laigueglia, an Italian one-day rider he first raced in 1994. He finished third in both the 1999 edition and the 2001 edition.