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Davide Rebellin earns new pro contract aged 48

Joe Robinson
5 Feb 2020

Turning pro in 1992, Rebellin raced against the likes of Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly

Davide Rebellin has earned a new professional contract despite being 48 years old. The veteran Italian has bagged himself a contract extension with the Meridiana Kamen team for 2020.

Proving age is but a number, the 2004 Liége-Bastogne-Liége winner will now enter into his 29th year as a professional cyclist.

On the extension of Rebellin's career, team manager Antonio Giallorenzo told SpaziCiclismo, 'We are very happy with Davide’s return to our team. We know him well and have a special relationship with him, for us he is like family and he is an important rider.

'With his great experience he will surely be a support to make young people grow and he can offer his knowledge, as well as being competitive.'

At almost 50 years old, Rebellin is by far the oldest professional cyclists still active in the sport and probably one of the oldest professional athletes in the world.

To put into perspective just how ridiculous the longevity of Rebellin's career is, we have taken the liberty of contextualising some of his notable palmares.

When Rebellin turned pro in August 1992, the chances are he would have been popping number one single 'Rhythm is a Dancer' by Snap! into his Sony Walkmen cassette player.

Later that year, he finished ninth in his first career Monument, Il Lombardia, beating the likes of Andy Hampsten, Gianni Bugno and Stephen Roche in the process.

Fast-forward to 1996 and Rebellin's first major win, Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia and the Veronese's first and only stint in the pink jersey. While racing the Maglia Rosa around Italy, last year's Giro champion Richard Carapaz was turning three.

A year later, Rebellin won Classica San Sebastian, three years before current champion Remco Evenepoel was even born.

And finally, by 2004, aged 33, Rebellin had completed the Ardennes triple, winning Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liége-Bastogne-Liége.

A year that saw Lance Armstrong win a then record-breaking sixth Tour de France, a now-retired Damiano Cunego win the Giro d'Italia aged 22 and Roberto Heras win the second of three consecutive Vuelta a Espana titles.

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