Davide Rebellin has extended his contract with Team Gerolsteiner through 2008, the team announced Friday. The 36-year-old has been with the German team since 2002.
"Davide told me that he wants to stay with us until he ends his career," said team manager Hans-Michael Holczer on the team's website, "gerolsteiner.de". "He feels well with us and wants to keep on riding."
The Italian won the Fleche Wallone this year and was second in the Amstel Gold Race. His biggest year was 2004, when he won the Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, all within a one-week period.
The team also announced that it has signed Francesco De Bonis to a two-year contract. The 25 year-old amateur, who is from the Lazio region, won the Trofeo San Giuliano in 2006.
At least 4 riders will be leaving the team. Marcel Strauss and Beat Zberg have both announced their retirement, and, according to the "sid" press agency, David Kopp and Torsten Hiekmann will not be offered contracts for the coming year.