quest to seek Argentine citizenship so that he is able to race for
Argentina in the upcoming World Championships. "I chose to ride for
Verona because I am not respected in blue (
Italy)," said Rebellin to Datasport. "National coach Ballerini said that I would have been chosen among the 12 for the World's, but it's just an excuse now that my passage to the Argentinean team is certain." After initial reports earlier in the week that he had been successful, Rebellin?s agent Fred Morini suggested that this was not true and that the current World Cup leader is still waiting to receive his Argentine passport. Franco Ballerini meanwhile commented on the matter saying that Rebellin?s decision to ride for
Argentina is a "big mistake...as an Italian his decision displeases me, if it's confirmed. However, everyone is free to make their own choices."
Little more than three months after its? unveiling at the Memorial Pantani Cesenatico-Cesena race, the marble statue dedicated to the late Italian great has been stolen. The memorial on the climb of the Gessi, near Pantani?s home town of
Cesenatico, was taken last week although police are unsure whether it was an act of vandalism or the work of a collector. The mayor of Cesenatico has said that it will be replaced at the earliest possible date.
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