Rebellin cleared for Zurich

Gerolsteiner's Davide Rebellin has been cleared to ride the Züri Metzgete (Championship of Zurich) on October 2. The 34-year-old Italian underwent an examination of his elbow, which had sustained a hairline fracture during a fall in the Tour of Poland this month. The tests revealed Rebellin will be fit to start the next Pro Tour race and he'll be keen to perform well after what has been a disappointing 2005.

At this time last year Rebellin was dealing with his non-selection for the Italian world championships team and contending for the world cup title with countryman Paolo Bettini. In 2005 he has failed to fire and the Zurich round of the Pro Tour offers Rebellin the chance to salvage something from his season, with Paris Tours and Tour of Lombardy to follow before the inaugural Pro Tour season concludes.

Lat year, Rebellin announced his intention of adopting Argentinean citizenship, after he was denied a place on the Italian World's team. He announced this spring that he would not attempt to ride the World's this year. According to Gerolsteiner spokesman Järg Grünefleld, "Davide just has taken a pause in his project getting the Argentinean citizenship because he decided early not to start at the World's."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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