UPDATE 3 December 2022: Italian police announced that a 62-year-old German truck driver who fled the scene of the crash has been apprehended and cited in Germany for the crash death of Davide Rebellin and is now facing charges of vehicular homicide in Italy.

Davide Rebellin, the pro Italian cyclist who’s career spanned three decades, including wins at Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Nice, has died aged 51 after being run over by a truck while training near Vicenza, local media reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Rebellin was killed instantly in the incident, which occurred at Montebello Vicentino shortly before noon, according to Il Gazzettino. The article goes on to say the vehicle and driver fled the scene with a police manhunt underway to find both.

Just last weekend in Monaco Rebellin rode his final pro race.

Throughout his career, Rebellin claimed 61 victories, but rather than retire 15 years ago like his peers to ride gran fondos, Rebellin continued to do what he loved most in life, racing professionally, and share his experience with young up-and-coming cyclists.

Towards the end of his long career, the longest ever in the pro peloton, Rebellin rode for several lower-tier pro teams, finishing with the Italian continental squad Work Service Vitalcare Vega. In October Rebellin rode the inaugural UCI Gravel Worlds in Trento, where he finished an impressive 39th in the pro race won by a 30 year-old WorldTour rider.

Rebellin had planned to continue cycling (gravel and gran fondo events) during his retirement while also helping develop the next generation of Italian bike racers.

Upon his retirement Rebellin offered these, “Thus ends a beautiful adventure, full of strong emotions and wonderful memories that I will carry forever with joy in my heart. Thanks to all of you and to all those who accompanied me from the first pedal stroke.”

Over the years, Gran Fondo Daily News has published numerous stories on Rebellin’s amazing ability to continue racing so well as he aged. Here are a few:

CAN A 50 YEAR-OLD RACE PRO? YES, JUST ASK DAVIDE REBELLIN WHO PLACED 11TH AT ADRIATICA IONICA

DAVIDE “THE REBEL” REBELLIN TO JOIN GRAN FONDO CIRCUIT AFTER 30 YEAR PRO CAREER?

VETERAN PRO DAVIDE REBELLIN SAYS HE WILL RACE YET ANOTHER SEASON – AT 50 YEARS OLD

50 YEAR-OLD ETERNAL RACER DAVIDE REBELLIN FINISHES 10TH AT UCI INTERNATIONAL PRO RACE!

GRAN FONDO RACING? NO THANKS SAYS 48-YEAR OLD PRO DAVIDE REBELLIN

CAN YOU RACE PRO AT AGE 50? THIS ITALIAN WILL TRY

Photos: Work Service Vitalcare Vega