News : 250,000 kilometers, 35 countries and 1,500 days of competition. The cyclist who will continue as a professional with 50 years –
If the longevity of Alejandro Valverde seems amazing, that of our protagonist today will be at least anthological.
It is true that Davide rebellin He is not in any World Tour team and that therefore the demand of the competition is notably lower than that of the Spanish cyclist who in 2021 will face, on paper, his last season as a professional cyclist.
Davide rebellin, another history of the international squad, who some will remember for its great successes at the beginning of the millennium, will continue for at least one more year in service.
This was announced this week by his new team. The Italian structure Work Service Marchiol Vega has chosen to acquire the services of this super cycling veteran, who in 2021 He will turn 50 and will add his twenty-ninth season as a professional cyclist.
Creepy and hard to beat figures, not only in cycling, but also in other sports. Beyond the walker Jesús Ángel García Bragado, it is difficult to find another athlete capable of stay among the world’s elite for almost 3 decades.
“His teammates came to the world when he had already been a professional for several seasons and accumulated many triumphs”
It is true that the name of Davide Rebellin has inevitably been linked to the shadow of doping, but this is as true as that the Italian feels an enormous passion for this sport. It would not be understood in any other way, that a cyclist with his large record, was still active with 50 years.
Controversy on the sidelines Rebellin is a true romantic of this sport and it is that beyond the results, the latter are more than worthy for his age, Davide enjoys hitting the pedals. The following photographs illustrate the romanticism of this great cyclist. He passed confinement in the company of his inseparable cats with an old roller and with a home gym
Competition is his life and the main motivation to go out to train day after day with the intention of keeping up with the youngest.
If we coldly analyze the data of its long history we find surprising statistics that in a very illustrative way exemplify the merit of the Italian’s professionalism.
Rebellin became professionals, in 1992, hand in hand with the GB-MG Maglifico team, and that first year he already participated in the Barcelona Olympic Games, being able to finish in an outstanding twentieth position just 35 seconds behind the winner and late Fabio Casartelli.
Of all this almost 30 years ago and by then none of his current teammates were born.
In fact, the second oldest of the team, born in 1996, came to the world when Rebellin had already been a professional for 4 seasons and had a stage victory at the Giro d’Italia.
But it is that if with the second most veteran of the structure the thing is amazing, with the 5 youngest companions, the situation could be described as surreal and unusual.
Born in 2002, there is no doubt that these teammates might as well be your kids and it is that Davide Rebellin had added some of the most important triumphs of his career, when these young values were not yet capable of walking.
If the above seems amazing, others are still more chilling facts in the form of advanced statistics provided by the Pro Cycling Stats website.
Throughout these twenty-nine Rebellin has competed in 32 different countries, has covered more than 250,000 kilometers, has accumulated more than 600 positions in the top 10, has had more than 250 teammates and has had more than 1500 days of competition (more than 4 whole years competing)
In Spain we have other illustrious and indefatigable veterans such as Óscar Sevilla or Paco Mancebo who are still active after forty, but it is difficult to think and imagine that they can reach the figures of the Italian legend.
By the way! Those who think that this is just a record or that Davide Rebellin is simply a commercial icon, just remember that last season he was able to finish in the top 35 a race as disputed as the Italian national championship.