Davide Rebellin, former Paris-Nice winner, dies after being hit by truck

Davide Rebellin, the Italian cyclist who won the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in a stellar 2004 season and the Paris-Nice race in 2008, has died aged 51 after being hit by a driver in a truck while training near Vicenza, local media reported on Wednesday.

Rebellin, who also won an individual stage in the 1996 Giro d’Italia, was killed instantly in the incident, which occurred at Montebello Vicentino shortly before midday, Il Gazzettino reported. The report added that the vehicle did not stop at the scene and that police were looking for it and the driver.

Rebellin, who was ordered to return his road race silver medal from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after a retroactive doping test, retired earlier this year after three decades in professional cycling.