Interview with the Gerolsteiner captain Davide Rebellin, and his ambitions in Liege Bastogne Liege.
Thanks to Gerolsteiner - http://www.gerolsteiner.de/cycling/
The fourth round of the world cup sees the riders back in Belgium and amongst the favourites for the race is the Gerolsteiner captain Davide Rebellin. Ranked third in the UCI lists after 11 victories last season one of his targets this season is to finally win one of the “monuments” of the sport. In spite of his thirty victories in his ten year career he has “only” the Clasica San Sebastian which he won in 1997 as a classic victory.
Liege Bastogne Liege is one of your favourite races. What makes it so special?
Rebellin: ""The Monument" is a very difficult course. In Liege Bastogne Liege the constant undulations and the variation between the flat sections and nasty climbs suites my riding style very well. It is a race ideally suited to my abilities. Unfortunately, so far, I have not been able to win it."
Last year you came so close to victory. How do you remember that race today?
Rebellin: "To come so close was huge disappointment. I missed a good chance and came second. I had a good position in the sprint and I was sure that I could win. With hindsight I realise that I concentrated too much on Davide Etxebarria, because I thought he was the biggest danger. Oscar Camenzind used the situation and surprised me. That was it - race over. But this year I have a new chance, which inspires me.”
How have you prepared for this years race? What are is your target in this years race?
Rebellin: "I have always ridden well at Liege Bastogne Liege - This year I want, finally, to win the race.”
So far however you have no victories this season. Does that put extra pressures upon you?
Rebellin: "No. Generally speaking I have never won that much early season. Also I have had a few health problems, but thankfully I have now fully recovered - and hopefully over the next few weeks results will start to come."
Which other races do you rank among your favorites?
Rebellin: "Actually all those which are a little difficult - those which have many steep hills in the parcours - for example the Amstel gold Race, the Giro Lombardia, I also like Rund um den Henninger Turm."
How about the World Cup? Do you have any ambitions in this competition?
Rebellin: "I would like to do as well as I possibly can in this competition. And I am rather optimistic for my chances. Because I have only really just started racing and the races I can do well in, lie ahead. Since I hope to do well in these races naturally my goal is to do well in the World Cup as well."
A true gentleman who has a genuine love of the sport and its fans (he married one of them!) the Daily Peloton wish Davide the best of luck in for the season.
However Rolf Gölz, Directeur Sportif of the Gerolsteiner team, takes a more pragmatic view on his teams chances in the race.
"I look forward to the start. After his health problems Davide is nevertheless in very good in form. We have already seen that in the Tour of the Basque. Provided the weather is not too cold it will be a race he is capable of winning. In Flèche Wallone Davide was amongst the front runners throughout - and he could have done even better but for the moments inattention which allowed the group containing Mario Aerts to escape prior to the Huy Wall."
"The team is well prepared - and have ridden the Parcours in preparation.
Daniele Contrini, Gianni Faresin, René Haselbacher, Ellis Rastelli, Davide Rebellin, Torsten Schmidt, Marcel bunch, Peter Wrolich.