Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin has been killed after being run over by a truck driver, according to Italian media. The collision occurred around noon on Wednesday, with the driver failing to stop after the truck “struck and overwhelmed Rebellin” as it exited a junction.
Il Giornale di Vicenza writes that it was unclear whether the driver was aware of the incident, and that police are working to track down the driver.
Rebellin, 51, retired in October after a 30 year professional career. Having signed his first pro contract in 1992 – before much of today’s peloton was born – Rebellin notched up an impressive series of wins. Among his achievements were classics wins at Flèche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and Amstel Gold. He also won Tirreno-Adriatico (2001) and Paris-Nice (2008), along with a stage of the Giro d’Italia. Throughout his career, Rebellin claimed 61 victories.
His racing career was not without controversy, however. Rebellin’s silver medal from the Beijing Olympics road race was stripped after a positive test for CERA, leading to a two year ban.
After returning from his suspension, Rebellin rode for several lower-tier teams, and completed his career in 2022 with the Italian continental squad Work Service Vitalcare Vega. His last races included the inaugural UCI Gravel Worlds, before he closed his career on home roads at the Veneto Classic. “Thus ends a beautiful adventure, full of strong emotions and wonderful memories that I will carry forever with joy in my heart,” Rebellin posted later on Instagram. “Thanks to all of you and to all those who accompanied me from the first pedal stroke.”
Post-retirement, Rebellin had outlined plans to continue his association with the sport. He was to work on a development project with bike brand Dynatek, and compete in gravel races. “Cycling will continue to be part of my life and my daily life,” he had said via the Workservice Vitalcare Vega Facebook page. “There will be races. I still love pedaling and I want to keep doing it, but in a different way”.
CyclingTips extends its condolences to his family and friends.