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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2001
Davide Rebellin, the number-2 ranked rider in the world, has quit the cash-strapped Italian Liquigas team Wednesday and joined Gerolsteiner, the German squad’s sports director Rolf Golz said.
The 30-year-old has signed a one-year deal and will be joined by three of his Liquigas teammates Gianni Faresin, Daniele Contrini and Ellis Rastelli.
“The signing is all organized and we have his (Rebellin) agreement,” Golz said. The management of ambitious Gerolsteiner squad hopes the signings will lift it into cycling’s top ranks for the 2002 season. There will be 30 Division I teams in 2002, but 10 of those will receive a special designation.
Rebellin has enjoyed a terrific season winning the Tour of the Mediterranean and the Tirreno-Adriatic while finishing second in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and third in the San Sebastian Classic.