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Davide Rebellin (born 9 August 1971) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, riding for Meridiana–Kamen. He is considered one of the finest classics specialists of his generation with more than fifty top ten finishes in UCI Road World Cup and UCI ProTour classics.[1]

Davide Rebellin
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Rebellin at the 2015 Brabantse Pijl
Personal information
Full nameDavide Rebellin
Born (1971-08-09) 9 August 1971 (age 47)
San Bonifacio, Italy
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9 st 13 lb)
Team information
Current teamMeridiana–Kamen
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional team(s)
1992–1995GB–MG Maglificio
1996Team Polti
1997Française des Jeux
1998–1999Team Polti
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (1996)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2001)
Paris–Nice (2008)

One-day races and Classics

Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2004)
Züri–Metzgete (1997)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1997)
Amstel Gold Race (2004)
La Flèche Wallonne (2004, 2007, 2009)
Tre Valli Varesine (1998, 2011)
Rund um den Henninger Turm (2003)
Giro dell'Emilia (2006, 2014)

Rebellin is best known in the cycling world for his 2004 season, when he won a then unprecedented treble with wins in Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He has also won stage races such as Paris–Nice and Tirreno–Adriatico, and a stage in the Giro d'Italia.

Rebellin served a 2-year suspension for testing positive for Mircera at the 2008 Olympic Games.[2]



Born in San Bonifacio, province of Verona, Rebellin turned professional in 1992 and came to the attention of the cycling world with a string of strong performances during his early years. He suffers from asthma, a disease that will affect his whole career. In 1996 he gained further notice when he thrived in the 1996 Giro d'Italia. Riding for Polti, the young Italian took stage seven and with it led in the general classification, giving him the pink jersey. He held the lead for six stages and finished the Grand Tour sixth overall. Years later he said of the race, "I have won Classics, but the first important win was in the 1996 Giro, winning the maglia rosa with the stage."[3]

Rebellin time trials in 2006

In 1997 he scored his first UCI Road World Cup victories by winning the Clásica de San Sebastián and the Züri-Metzgete (then known as Grand Prix de Suisse). Over the following years he won many Italian classic races, such as the Giro del Veneto and Tre Valli Varesine. In 2001, he won the Tirreno–Adriatico stage race.

During the 2004 season he amassed seven victories, including what was at the time an unprecedented treble win in the Ardennes classics, with wins in the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Only one rider, Philippe Gilbert, has repeated this feat since, in 2011. Rebellin also scored a number of podium places in top races such as Paris–Nice and the Clásica de San Sebastián. Despite these achievements, Rebellin did not win the 2004 UCI Road World Cup, which went to Paolo Bettini.

In 2005, Rebellin fell short of his triumphs of 2004, but posted yet another solid year. Although he generally concentrated on classics and small tours, he was part of the Gerolsteiner team in the 2005 Tour de France. With a number of solid performances throughout the season but without any individual victories, Rebellin finished as the third-highest ranked rider in the UCI ProTour rankings. Apart from the ProTour races, he only won one race in the 2005 season, taking the first stage of the Brixia Tour.

Rebellin began the 2007 season leading Paris–Nice until Alberto Contador moved him to second in the final stage to Nice. He later finished second in Amstel Gold Race and won the Flèche Wallonne, which made him the oldest ever winner of an UCI ProTour race. He finished second in the UCI ProTour behind Cadel Evans.

Rebellin triumphed early in 2008 with an overall victory in the Paris–Nice. He won the stage race by 3 seconds, ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini.[4] He went on to win the Tour du Haut Var and show strongly in the Ardennes classics with a second place in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

Rebellin won the silver medal in the Men's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was a member of a six-man breakaway group and claimed second place in the sprint finish. This medal has now been revoked in light of his doping sentence by the International Olympic Committee.[5][6]

On 28 April 2015, at 43 years old, Rebellin won the queen stage of the Tour of Turkey, a mountaintop finish concluding in Elmali. He beat riders twenty years younger than him to accomplish this feat.[7] With that performance, he grabbed the leader's jersey, but lost it to Kristijan Durasek on Stage 6.[8] He had to abandon on the last stage since he crashed after hitting a dog.[9]

In 2017, Rebellin rode for the Kuwait– team, winning three races.[10] After one season with the team, he moved to Sovac–Natura4Ever for the 2018 season.[10] He rode for the team up to February 2019, when his contract was terminated by mutual consent. In April 2019 he announced that he had rejoined the Meridiana–Kamen team and that he would retire from competition after the Italian National Road Race Championships at the end of June.[11] He finished his supposed last race in 18th place, almost five minutes behind new Italian champion Davide Formolo.[12] One day later, Rebellin announced that he would continue his career.[13]


In April 2009, the IOC announced that six athletes had tested positive during the 2008 Summer Olympics, without mentioning names or sports. Later, rumours emerged that the athletes included two cyclists, one of them a medal winner.[14] The Italian Olympic committee then confirmed that a male Italian cyclist had tested positive for CERA during the men's road race, without identifying a name. The next day, on 29 April 2009, the Italian Olympic committee confirmed that Rebellin was an involved athlete. Rebellin's agent sent a request for the analysis of the B sample[15][16] which was later also confirmed to be positive.[2] The Italian National Olympic Committee subsequently took Rebellin to court, seeking €500,000 in damages and a twelve-month custodial sentence under an Italian law passed in 2000 allowing for athletes who dope to be jailed for up to three years. However, in 2015 a court in Padua ruled that he had no criminal case to answer, in addition to clearing him of charges of tax evasion.[17][18]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st Overall Giro delle Regioni
1st Road race, Mediterranean Games
2nd Giro di Romagna
8th G.P. Camaiore
9th Giro di Lombardia
1st   Overall Hofbrau Cup
1st Stage 2a
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall Euskal Bizikleta
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
8th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
2nd Giro dell'Appennino
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
4th Milan–San Remo
6th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 1
3rd Trofeo Pantalica
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
5th Japan Cup
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 7
Held   after Stages 8–11
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Vuelta a España
10th La Flèche Wallonne
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st 1997 Züri-Metzgete
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Trophée des Grimpeurs
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Giro del Veneto
1 stage Tour de Wallonie
2nd Overall Critérium International
3rd Trofeo Forla de Navarra
3rd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
3rd Giro dell'Appennino
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Giro dell'Emilia
6th Milano–Torino
7th Züri–Metzgete
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 1
1st Overall   Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 1
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Giro del Friuli
1st Memorial Gastone Nencini
1st Tour du Haut Var
2nd Klasika Primavera
2nd Giro della Provincia di Lucca
2nd Trofeo Pantalica
2nd Tre Valli Varesine
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
4th Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 2
7th Overall Rothaus Regio-Tour International
7th Zuri–Metzgete
1st Giro del Veneto
2nd GP Chiasso
2nd Tre Valli Varesine
2nd Coppa Placci
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Tour du Haut Var
3rd Trofeo Pantalica
3rd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
4th Züri–Metzgete
4th La Flèche Wallonne
4th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
5th Overall Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
7th Clásica de San Sebastián
8th Giro dell'Emilia
10th Overall Post Danmark Rundt
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4
1st   Overall Tour Méditerranéen
Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 1 & 3
1st Stage 2 Brixia Tour
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
1st GP Chiasso
1st Giro di Romagna
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Giro del Veneto
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
3rd Tour du Haut Var
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Firenze–Pistoia
7th Giro del Lazio
8th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Amstel Gold Race
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
2nd Giro di Lombardia
2nd GP Lugano
2nd Giro del Lazio
2nd Giro del Friuli
3rd HEW Cyclassics
3rd Giro del Veneto
3rd Trofeo Melinda
3rd Coppa Placci
4th Milano–Torino
5th Giro dell'Emilia
6th Tour du Haut Var
6th Rund um den Henninger Turm
6th Tre Valli Varesine
7th Züri–Metzgete
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucia
2nd HEW Cyclassics
2nd Milano–Torino
2nd Coppa Placci
2nd Trofeo Melinda
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 2
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th UCI Road World Cup
5th Tour du Haut Var
5th Championship of Zürich
5th Gran Premio Miguel Indurain
7th Clásica de San Sebastián
7th GP Chiasso
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Sachsen-Tour International
1st Stage 3 & 4a
1st Trofeo Melinda
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st  Points classification
2nd UCI Road World Cup
2nd Coppa Placci
3rd Paris-Bourges
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
6th Tour du Haut Var
6th Züri–Metzgete
6th HEW Cyclassics
6th Tre Valli Varesine
9th Overall Deutschland Tour
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Overall Brixia Tour
1st Stage 1
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
3rd GP Ouest–France
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th Tour du Haut Var
4th Giro dell'Emilia
5th HEW Cyclassics
5th GP Chiasso
5th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Paris–Nice
1st   Overall Brixia Tour
1st Stage 1
1st Giro dell'Emilia
2nd GP Chiasso
3rd Züri–Metzgete
4th GP Lugano
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th Overall Volta ao Algarve
6th Amstel Gold Race
8th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st   Overall Brixia Tour
1st Stage 1
1st Flèche Wallonne
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd GP Chiasso
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
2nd UCI ProTour
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
6th Vattenfall Cyclassics
10th Clásica de San Sebastián
1st   Overall Paris–Nice
1st Tour du Haut Var
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2nd GP Lugano
2nd Rund um den Henninger-Turm
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
4th Overall Brixia Tour
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
4th Milan–San Remo
4th Amstel Gold Race
6th Overall Tour of Austria
6th La Flèche Wallonne
1st La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stages 4 & 5
3rd Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Trofeo Melinda
2nd Overall Route du Sud
2nd Trofeo Matteotti
2nd Memorial Marco Pantani
3rd Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
3rd G.P. Camaiore
3rd Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
4th Giro dell'Emilia
5th Overall Brixia Tour
5th Overall International Azerbaïjan Tour
5th Giro di Padania
6th Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
6th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
7th GP Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
1st   Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall International Tour of Hellas
3rd Overall Okolo Slovenska
1st Stage 2
3rd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
4th Trofeo Melinda
4th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
5th Giro di Padania
1st   Overall Cycling Tour of Sibiu
1st   Points classification
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
1st Stages 1 & 4
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Volta Limburg Classic
4th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
5th Tre Valli Varesine
6th Overall Tour of Estonia
7th Vuelta a Murcia
8th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
9th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
10th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Overall Sibiu Cycling Tour
1st Stage 3a
3rd Overall Tour du Limousin
3rd Vuelta a Murcia
4th Tre Valli Varesine
4th Coppa Sabatini
5th Overall Tour of Turkey
5th Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
7th Brabantse Pijl
8th Milano-Torino
10th Clásica de Almería
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st Stage 3 Tour of Turkey
2nd Overall Cycling Tour of Sibiu
3rd Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
5th Overall Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 1b
5th Brabantse Pijl
7th Overall Tour of Norway
8th Overall Tour du Haut Var
9th Coppa Sabatini
10th Overall Tour du Limousin
3rd Overall Czech Cycling Tour
5th Overall Tour of Małopolska
5th Rad am Ring
8th Memorial Marco Pantani
9th Overall Dubai Tour
1st Overall Tour de Ijen
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Tour de Lombok
7th Overall Tour of Iran (Azerbaijan)
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Tour International de la Wilaya d'Oran
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour d'Algérie

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  Giro d'Italia 6 29 DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF
  Tour de France 58 DNF DNF
  Vuelta a España 7 DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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