Cycling icon Davide Rebellin extended his career for another year on Wednesday.

The fifty-year-old Italian is going for a new season with his continental team Work Service Marchiol Vega, which will be called Work Vitalcare Vega next year.

His contract extension means that Rebellin is in his thirtieth year as a cycling professional.

He started his career in 1992 and drove for Gerolsteiner and CCC in the following seasons.

Rebellin is considered an icon in the cycling peloton.

The hill specialist won the 2004 Amstel Gold Race by beating Michael Boogerd in the final sprint.

In the same year he also won the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

In total, Rebbelin won the Arrow Walloon three times: he was also the best in 2007 and 2009.

He also wrote the Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice to his name.

In 2009, the Italian was given a two-year suspension for using EPO.

Since then, he has never raced for a WorldTour team again.

His last professional victory dates back to 2017, when he won a stage in Iran.

In 2004 Michael Boogerd was trumped by Davide Rebellin in the Amstel Gold Race.

In 2004 Michael Boogerd was trumped by Davide Rebellin in the Amstel Gold Race.

Photo: ANP

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