Italy's Vigorelli velodrome ready for make-over

Work will begin in August to renovate the once-thriving Vigorelli velodrome in Milan. Photos by Daniel Gould

Italy's famous Vigorelli velodrome, where Fausto Coppi broke the Hour Record and Led Zeppelin played its only Italian gig, will host races again. A €6.3m (£4.84m) project will begin to renovate the structure and its 397-metre wooden track in Milan's centre in August.

"We've been battling for 10 years to get this work done," said Daniele L'Aquila, who organised the Vigorelli Velodrome Committee to pressure the city to save the track.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.