Rio Olympic velodrome finally handed over to organisers

Riders are able to practise on the Olympic velodrome track but there is still work needed to finish the venue ahead of the Games

Olympic Rings (Flickr/Department of Culture, Media and Sport)

Six weeks before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, the troubled velodrome has finally been handed over to the organisers, with riders practising on the track this weekend.

The velodrome suffered numerous setbacks, with two test events ahead of the Games having to be postponed, but the UCI and the riders who have tested it are confident it will be 100 per cent finished in time for the start of the Olympics on August 5.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.