Rather than join the gran fondo cycling circuit like most aging cyclists, 48-year old Davide Rebellin has signed a contract with pro team Meridiana Kamen to start his 28th season as a professional cyclist.
That makes Rebellin’s the longest pro-cycling career ever.
Considered a hardman, a classics specialist, he is best known for the 2004 season when he won the classics trifecta – Amstel Gold, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
On signing his new team commented, “With his great experience he will surely be a support and provide knowledge to young riders, as well as being competitive himself. He is a rider who is in the history of Italian cycling, but he is still capable of doing well and getting up there with the top riders. He has a great work ethic, he gets up early every day and trains for six hours, he deserves great respect as a person and as an athlete.”
Rebbelin has always lived a very dedicated cycling lifestyle that is based solely around training and racing. He has no distractions, no family, no worries, just the bike.
Everyone in the pro peloton has great respect for Rebellin, although he has earned the nicknamed “Old Man.”
Nonetheless, Rebellin enjoys living the ultimate cycling dream that never ends…