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Davide Rebellin
Davide Rebellin 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Davide Rebellin
Nickname Tintin
Date of birth 9 August 1971 (1971-08-09) (age 38)
Country  Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Weight 63 kg (140 lb; 9.9 st)
Team information
Current team Under suspension
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)1
MG Bianchi
Maglificio MG-Technogym
Française des Jeux
Major wins
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2004)
La Flèche Wallonne (2004, 2007, 2009)
Amstel Gold Race (2004)
Tirreno-Adriatico (2001)
Clásica de San Sebastián (1997)
Züri-Metzgete (1997)
Paris-Nice (2008)
Giro d'Italia, 1 stage
Infobox last updated on:
16 March 2008

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Davide Rebellin (born 9 August 1971 in San Bonifacio, province of Verona) is an Italian road bicycle racer, currently under suspension for testing positive for Mircera at the 2008 Olympic Games.[1] He is most known in the cycling world for his 2004 season, when he won an unprecedented and unrepeated treble with wins in Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He is considered one of the finest classics specialists of his generation with more than fifty top ten finishes in UCI World Cup and UCI ProTour classics.[2] Throughout his career he has also won a stage in Giro d'Italia and stage races like Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Rebellin tested positive for CERA at the 2008 Summer Olympics.



Rebellin turned professional in 1992 and came to the attention of the cycling world with a string of strong performances during his early years. 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]

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

During 2004 season he got seven victories, including an unprecedented and unrepeated treble win in the Ardennes classics with wins in Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He also scored a number of podium places in top races such as Paris-Nice and Clásica de San Sebastián. Despite his stellar achievements, Rebellin did not win the 2004 UCI Road World Cup, which went to Paolo Bettini.

In 2005, Rebellin fell short of his triumphs in 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, without any individual victories, Rebellin finished as the 3rd 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 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].


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.[6] 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[7] [8] which was later also confirmed to be positive.[1]

Major achievements

Rebellin time trials in 2006
5th, Amstel Gold Race
6th La Flèche Wallonne
4th Milan-San Remo
4th Tirreno-Adriatico
4th Tour de Romandie
1996 Giro d'Italia
1 stage win
6th overall
six days in maglia rosa
7th overall 1996 Vuelta a España
6th, Liege-Bastogne-Liege
5th, Japan Cup
5th, Giro di Lombardia
3rd, Tour de Romandie
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, Criterium International
Tre Valli Varesine
2nd overall, Tirreno-Adriatico
1st, Giro del Veneto
1st, Tour du Haut Var
Tre Valli Varesine
3rd, Liege-Bastogne-Liege
4th, Meisterschaft von Zürich
4th, La Fleche Wallonne
1st overall and one stage, Tirreno-Adriatico
Giro del Veneto
3rd, Liege-Bastogne-Liege
3rd, Clasica San Sebastian
Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
3rd, HEW-Cyclassics
2nd, Giro di Lombardia
2nd, Giro del Lazio
3rd overall and one stage, Paris - Nice
4th, Amstel Gold Race
1st, Rund um den Henninger Turm
2nd, HEW Cyclassics
7th, Clásica de San Sebastián
5th, Championship of Zürich
1st, GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2nd, Milano-Torino
4th, UCI Road World Cup
2nd overall, Paris-Nice
1st, Points Classification
1st, Amstel Gold Race
1st, La Flèche Wallonne
1st, Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st, two stages, Sachsen-Tour International
6th, HEW Cyclassics
3rd, Clásica de San Sebastián
6th, Championship of Zürich
1st, Trofeo Melinda
2nd, UCI Road World Cup
10th overall, Paris-Nice
2nd overall, Vuelta al País Vasco
4th, Amstel Gold Race
3rd, La Flèche Wallonne
1st one stage, Brixia Tour
5th, HEW Cyclassics
3rd, GP Ouest-France
5th Giro di Lombardia
6th, Amstel Gold Race
1st overall and one stage, Brixia Tour
3rd, Championship of Zürich
1st, Giro dell'Emilia
5th, Giro di Lombardia
2nd overall, Paris-Nice
1st, Flèche Wallonne
2nd, Amstel Gold Race
5th, Liege-Bastogne-Liege
1st overall and one stage, Brixia Tour
6th, Vattenfall Cyclassics
5th, Giro di Lombardia
2nd UCI ProTour
1st, Tour du Haut Var
1st overall, Paris-Nice
4th, Milan-Sanremo
4th, Amstel Gold Race
6th, La Flèche Wallonne
2nd, Liège-Bastogne-Liège
3rd, Clásica de San Sebastián
4th, UCI Road World Championship
1st, two stages, Vuelta a Andalucia
1st, La Flèche Wallonne
3rd, Liège-Bastogne-Liège


  1. ^ a b Wilson, Stephen (Jul 8, 2009) "AP source: Backup samples positive for 5 Olympians" Associated Press
  2. ^ Rebellin, et de 50!
  3. ^ Cycling News interview with Davide Rebellin, April 2008
  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.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Olympics: Six Beijing Games athletes test positive for CERA". Seattle Times. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  
  7. ^ Meadows, Mark (2009-04-29). "Doping-Silver medallist Rebellin failed Beijing test". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  
  8. ^ "Rebellin e il doping" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-05-03.  

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