Rebellin turns Argentinian

Flying halfway round the world for one training ride isn't the best preparation for the Worlds, but

Flying halfway round the world for one training ride isn't the best preparation for the Worlds, but
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE As of around 5:30pm central European time on Wednesday, Davide Rebellin became a citizen of a nation in which, until around 48 hours ago, he had never set foot: Argentina. News of Rebellin's successful passport application comes directly from Buenos Aires. It was in the Argentine capital that Rebellin received the first batch of the identity papers which will enable him to line up as the solitary Argentinian in the world championship road race in Verona on October 3. The remainder of the papers will be given to a lawyer delegated by Rebellin in the coming days. Rebellin had flown to Argentina on Tuesday to complete what the Argentine Cycling Federation president yesterday described as a "race against time" to obtain his documentation. The Gerolsteiner rider even ventured into the Buenos Aires hinterland for a training session before posing beside a sky blue-and-white Argentine jersey at a press conference. He will fly out of South America tomorrow afternoon, just in time to sign on for Saturday's Giro dell'Emilia in Italy. As an Argentine citizen, naturally..
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