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by Matt de Neef
December 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant win in Essen; Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prevot win at Druivencross; Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018; Ilnur Zakarin eyeing off Tour podium; Geraint Thomas to consider other offers after 2018; Davide Rebellin to be racing at 50? “Why not? It’s possible”; Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling; Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation; Updated kit for Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Wiggins 21st in indoor rowing debut; Peter Sagan’s message to the people of California.
He may be 46 years old, but Italian Davide Rebellin has said he’s in no rush to quit the sport. Indeed, the Natura4Ever-Sovac Continental team recruit says that racing until he’s 50 isn’t out of the question.
Rebellin winning the LUK Cup in 2002.
“I live year to year, day to day. I haven’t set myself any limits and finish lines. If I struggled to finish races or wasn’t good enough, I’d stop. That’s not the case for now,” Rebellin said to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Celebrate my 50th birthday in the peloton? I don’t know if it’ll happen, it’s not a goal but why not? It’s possible.”
“I’m not interested in setting any age records. Numbers bore me. When people ask me my age I sometimes have to think for a few seconds. I let the pleasures in life guide me, not my age.”
Rebellin turned pro way back in 1992 and has spent much of the time since riding at the highest level of the sport. In 2004 he won all three of the Ardennes Classics — Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne, and Liege-Bastogne-Liege — and in 2008 he won a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics road race. He was later stripped of that medal after testing positive for the blood booster CERA. Despite his chequered past, Rebellin says he is well-liked in the peloton and more broadly.
“I don’t sense any negative feeling towards me, there’s always lots of encouragement via social media,” he said. “People see me as an example. Most riders in the peloton could be my children but they say nice things. I don’t think about my age but rather about the good things experience brings: experience, contemplation and attention to detail.”