Vigorelli velodrome in fight for survival

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The Vigorelli velodrome is easy to find. Travel northwest from Milan's imposing cathedral, around the Arco della Pace, up Corso Sempione and right on to the Via Arona. Signs point to the ring road, the centre and the former fairgrounds but a few of them - black lettering on a white background - still read Vigorelli.

The building sits between a CO-OP supermarket, a subway construction site and the former Alfa Romeo factory. Its drab grey and cream coloured walls give little away of it's glorius history, and the most ardent cycling historian could walk Via Arona and easily miss this important piece of Italian cycling history.

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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.