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Rebellin to resume training

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
November 24, 2009, 10:26 GMT,
Updated:
November 24, 2009, 12:18 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Italy's Davide Rebellin promises to return to cycling

Italy's Davide Rebellin promises to return to cycling

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Plans schedule for 2010 season despite looming legal problems

Davide Rebellin is continuing with his preparations for the coming season, despite the threat of a two-year-suspension, fines and the loss of his Olympic medal. He announced this week on Facebook that he is returning to training and planning his 2010 schedule.

“Since no one has asked for my schedule, I will put it online myself,” he wrote, according to the Dutch press agency dea. “As of Monday I will resume training. The following days I will give more information over my preparations for the new season.

“Everyone has nailed me to the pillory, but I will return in competition to show everyone who Davide Rebellin is,” he declared.

The 38-year-old tested positive for the EPO derivative CERA at the Beijing Olympic games. Earlier this month the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that he was disqualified for doping,and asked the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to strip him of his silver medal. CONI also said it will ask him to repay the €75,000 it awarded him, as well as damages.

Rebellin denied the doping charges and said that he would appeal the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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