Davide Rebellin

Davide Rebellin
Personal information
Full name Davide Rebellin
Nickname Tintin
Born (1971-08-09) 9 August 1971
San Bonifacio, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Team information
Current team CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1992–1995 GB-MG Maglificio
1996 Team Polti
1997 Française des Jeux
1998–1999 Team Polti
2000–2001 Liquigas–Pata
2002–2008 Gerolsteiner
2009 Diquigiovanni–Androni
2011 Miche–Guerciotti
2012 Meridiana-Kamen Team
2013– CCC–Polsat–Polkowice
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (1996)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2001)
Paris–Nice (2008)
Tour Méditerranéen (1999, 2001)

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)
Infobox last updated on
12 May 2014

Davide Rebellin (born 9 August 1971 in San Bonifacio, province of Verona) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice. 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]

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]


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 the maglia rosa. He held the leader's jersey for six days 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 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.[10] 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[11][12] 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.[13][14]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Giro delle Regioni
1st Mediterranean Games Road Race
9th Giro di Lombardia
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th La Flèche Wallonne
4th Milan–San Remo
4th Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Tour de Romandie
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1 stage win
six days in maglia rosa
5th Japan Cup
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Züri-Metzgete
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Giro del Veneto
1 stage Tour de Suisse
1 stage Tour de Wallonie
2nd Overall Critérium International
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Tour du Haut Var
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
4th Züri-Metzgete
4th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Overall and one stage Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Giro del Veneto
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
2nd Giro di Lombardia
2nd Giro del Lazio
3rd HEW-Cyclassics
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
2nd HEW Cyclassics
2nd Milano–Torino
2nd Coppa Placci
3rd Overall and one stage Paris–Nice
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th UCI Road World Cup
5th Championship of Zürich
7th Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st two stages Sachsen-Tour International
1st Trofeo Melinda
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Points Classification
2nd UCI Road World Cup
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
6th Züri-Metzgete
6th HEW Cyclassics
1st one stage Brixia Tour
2nd Overall Vuelta al País Vasco
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
3rd GP Ouest-France
4th Amstel Gold Race
5th HEW Cyclassics
5th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Overall and one stage Brixia Tour
1st Giro dell'Emilia
3rd Züri-Metzgete
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th Amstel Gold Race
1st Flèche Wallonne
1st Overall and one stage Brixia Tour
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd UCI ProTour
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st Tour du Haut Var
1st Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
4th UCI Road World Championship
4th Milan–San Remo
4th Amstel Gold Race
6th La Flèche Wallonne
1st two stages Vuelta a Andalucía
1st La Flèche Wallonne
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Trofeo Melinda
2nd Overall Route du Sud
3rd G.P. Camaiore
5th Overall Brixia Tour
1st Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon
1st Stage 2
1st Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stage Tour de Slovaquie
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 National Road Race 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
3rd Vuelta a Murcia
4th Tre Valli Varesine
5th Overall Tour of Turkey
5th Overall Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich
7th Brabantse Pijl
10th Clásica de Almería
2nd Overall Sibiu Cycling Tour
1st Stage 3 Tour of Turkey
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
2nd Overall Cycling Tour of Sibiu
3rd Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
5th Brabantse Pijl[15]
7th Overall Tour of Norway[16]
8th Overall Tour du Haut Var[17]
9th Coppa Sabatini
10th Overall Tour du Limousin
3rd Overall Czech Cycling Tour
5th Overall Tour of Małopolska
8th Memorial Marco Pantani
9th Overall Dubai Tour

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 29 WD WD WD WD WD WD
Yellow jersey Tour 58 WD WD
red jersey Vuelta WD WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


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  2. 1 2 Wilson, Stephen (Jul 8, 2009). "Backup samples positive for 5 Olympians". CNN. Associated Press.
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  4. The 2008 Paris–Nice took place on uneasy ground, due to a dispute between the Amaury Sport Organisation (Paris–Nice Organizers) and the UCI. Despite this, Rebellin's victory was considered a triumph at the top level of cycling.
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