Davide Rebellin becomes oldest winner of Giro dell'Emilia

43-year-old Davide Rebellin won the Giro dell'Emilia on Saturday, but his is a career dogged by doping allegations

Davide Rebellin on stage six of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

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Italian Davide Rebellin became the oldest Italian to win the Giro dell'Emilia, and any race of its level, on Saturday in Bologna. When the 43-year-old raised his arms to show his Orange CCC Polsat team jersey at the San Luca finish above town, he also greeted a cheering public but one that remembers uglier times.

Rebellin also has the honour of being the only Italian medallist ever caught doping at the Olympics. After his 2008 Beijing silver medal in the road race, tests showed that he doped with a new form of blood booster EPO, called CERA. He never confessed, he said that he is not guilty and returned after his ban to race – albeit with only third and second division teams.

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