By Bjorn Haake in Fuentes de Invierno
Davide Rebellin did not take the start to stage 14 of the Vuelta a España. After his good 11th place on the Angliru, the Italian decided he had done enough tough preparation for the World Championships, which are held in Italy this year.
At the top of the Angliru Rebellin told Cyclingnews how the day went for him. "The Angliru was very very tough. I think we have seen the strongest riders on the front today."
Rebellin knew the climb, saying he had done it before, so he knew what to expect and how to best deal with it. "I was just trying to find my own rhythm." He was happy that the weather cooperated, too. "It was nice. That is better than when it is raining. Then it is more difficult and also more dangerous."
His performance left him a happy man. "The form is good. I am preparing for the World Championships, so this was very good." He thinks the Italian team will be strong, and is expecting a great performance by the squadra azzura on home soil.