Davide Rebellin has suggested he could race until his fifties, insisting age is not a problem as he prepares for his 25th season as a professional rider.
The 46-year-old Italian signed with the Belgian Natura4Ever-Sovac Continental team this week. He turned professional after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics but has no plans to retire.
“I live year to year, day to day. I haven’t set myself any limits and finish lines. If I struggled to finish races or wasn’t good enough, I’d stop. That’s not the case for now,” Rebellin told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Celebrate my 50th birthday in the peloton? I don’t know if it’ll happen, it’s not a goal but why not? It’s possible.”
“I’m not interested in setting any age records. Numbers bore me. When people ask me my age I sometimes have to think for a few seconds. I let the pleasures in life guide me, not my age.”
Rebellin claimed his greatest success in 2004, when he won Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the same week, although he failed to earn selection for the Italian team for that year’s Athens Olympics, and failed in his bid to ride for Argentina at the subsequent World Championships in Verona.
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