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Davide Rebellin and his 2004 season
By Fabio
Date: 1/8/2004
Davide Rebellin and his 2004 season

The 2004 season will be the twelfth (thirteenth if you consider his debut as stagiaire with the MG-Bianchi outfit in late 1992) one in the professional career of Davide Rebellin. A career so far marked by no less than 35 victories, 11 of them in his extraordinary 2001 season. But close to as many second and third place finishes in the last three seasons only, a factor that somehow earned him the status of “serial runner-up”.

To label the 32-year-old from Veneto as a “loser”, or a second-string rider, would be a huge mistake anyway: a regular guest of the top places in plenty of cycling races throughout the past years, and for several months a year, Davide Rebellin is one of the strongest athletes around, a true “warrior” of the bike, that showed his also talent in the 2003 season, marked by three wins, eight second place finishes and two more times on the podium as third place getter, and is well-determined to do it again in 2004. At least according to what the Gerolsteiner team leader - his contract expires at the end of the 2005 season - recently told Italian sport paper “Gazzetta dello Sport”.

Rebellin takes the Luk Cup Bühl in 2002

Rebellin will make his season debut in Liguria, on February 17, although he didn’t rule out the chance to race the Giro della Liguria stage competition from February 12-15. And he believes in his chances of doing well since the very beginning of the season, especially after his full recover (even quicker than expected) from the left shoulder surgery he underwent in early November. And according to Davide himself, not just the shoulder, but also his legs are doing fine in this period.

Such that he should face the first challenges of the coming season in a good condition, but he’d better keep it for long, as in May he’ll be back to the Giro d’Italia, whose “maglia rosa” Rebellin wore for six days in the 1996 edition, when racing with the Team Polti outfit.

After the tour of Italy, Rebellin will prepare for the two main objectives of his demanding 2004 season: the Olympic Games and the World Championships. Should things take a different turn than they did in 2003 - when he was not included in the Italian Team roster for the Hamilton Worlds, a decision criticized by many, notably after Italy missed the podium in the Elite Men’s Road Race - the man might have a shot at both races: the Athens contest, whose route should suit the skills of a such talented one-day specialist as Rebellin, and the following Worlds, that will be held in his home region Veneto this year. The man took part in the World Championships also the last time they were held in Verona, in the year 1999, and was in a great condition, but a crash forced him out of the race. And now that he’s given a second and last chance, he doesn’t want to waste it.

But before the Worlds, the Olympics, and even the Giro d’Italia, it will be Spring Classic time . And the Italian is thinking big, with a victory as minimal target. Better if a win in his favourite race, the Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the “Doyenne” that saw him climb the podium twice, the first time (2000) as third place finisher, the following (2001) as runner-up. Will the 2004 edition prove the good one, and the “serial runner-up”, finally turn a winner in the oldest race in cycling too ?

Davide Rebellin - Bio/Palmares

Date of birth: August 09, 1971
Place of birth: San Bonifacio (Verona), Italy
Nationality: Italian
Pro Since: 1992

----- TEAMS -----
  • 1992-1993: M.G. Bianchi
  • 1994: M.G. Maglificio
  • 1995: M.G. Technogym
  • 1996: Team Polti
  • 1997: La Française Des Jeux
  • 1998-1999: Team Polti
  • 2000-2001: Liquigas - Pata
  • 2002-2004: Team Gerolsteiner

  • 1993: Hofbrau Cup Overall
  • 1995: Giro del Trentino: 1 Stage (Merano)
  • 1996: Giro d'Italia - 1 Stage (Monte Sirino)
  • 1997: Trophée des Grimpeurs
  • 1997: Clasica San Sebastian
  • 1997: Zürich Championship (World Cup)
  • 1998: Tour of Swizteralnd - 1 Stage (Villars sur Ollon)
  • 1998: Tour Region Wallonne - 1 Stage (Visé)
  • 1998: Tre Valli Varesine
  • 1998: Giro del Veneto
  • 1998: Memorial Nencini: Futa Uphill ITT
  • 1999: Tour of the Mediterranean - 1 Stage
  • 1999: Tour of the Mediterranean Overall
  • 1999: Tour Haut Var (Fra)
  • 1999: Criterium International 1 Stage (Vidaque)
  • 1999: Giro del Veneto
  • 1999: Giro del Friuli
  • 2000: Giro del Veneto
  • 2000: 1st Criterium G.P. Acicatena-Memorial Turi d'Agostini
  • 2001: Tour of the Mediterranean Overall
  • 2001: GP Città di Chiasso
  • 2001: Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 4 (Celano)
  • 2001: Tirreno-Adriatico Overall
  • 2001: Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 1 (Asteasu)
  • 2001: Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 3 (Araia)
  • 2001: GP Larciano
  • 2001: Brixia Tour - Stage 2 (Lumezzane-Poffe)
  • 2001: Coppe dell Nazioni - Memorial Fausto Coppi (ITT)
  • 2001: Giro di Romagna
  • 2001: GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
  • 2002: G.P. Citta di Camaiore
  • 2002: Luk-Cup Bühl
  • 2003: Paris-Nice - Stage 2 (Saint-Etienne)
  • 2003: Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt
  • 2003: GP Industria & Commercio di Prato

----- PODIUM PLACINGS: 2001 SEASON -----

6 second place finishes:
  • Tour of the Mediterranean - Stage 1
  • Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 7
  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège
  • Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt
  • Giro d'Italia - Stage 8
  • Luk Cup Buhl

6 third place finishes:

  • Trofeo Laigueglia
  • Tour de Haut Var
  • Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 3
  • Clásica de San Sebastián (World Cup)
  • Giro del Veneto
  • Giro dell'Emilia

----- PODIUM PLACINGS: 2002 SEASON -----

5 second place finishes:
  • GP Lugano
  • Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 1
  • Giro del Friuli
  • Giro del Lazio
  • Giro Lombardia (World Cup)

4 third place finishes:

  • HEW-Cyclassics-Cup (World Cup)
  • Giro del Veneto
  • Trofeo Melinda
  • Coppa Placci.

------ PODIUM PLACINGS: 2003 SEASON -----

8 second place finishes:
  • Vuelta a Andalucía - Stage 3
  • Vuelta a Andalucía Overall
  • Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 3
  • HEW-Cyclassics-Cup (World Cup)
  • Trofeo Melinda
  • Coppa Placci
  • Luk Cup-Buhl
  • Milan-Turin

2 third place finishes:

  • Giro dell'Emilia
  • Paris-Nice Overall

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