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Velodromo Maspes Vigorelli

Updated: 2014-07-18 / (tourism.milan.it)

Velodromo Maspes Vigorelli (Maspes Vigorelli Velodrome) is a cycling facility is known throughout the world and today, the Vigorelli hosts various sporting events, in particular 5-a-side football (soccer), hockey and rugby, thanks to the presence of synthetic turf inside the area bordered by the track.

The soft lines of the ellipse and the shape of the grandstands, able to hold 18 thousand spectators, make the Vigorelli one of the most attractive sporting facilities in the world, a true example of sporting architecture.

The velodrome was conceived by Giuseppe Vigorelli, ex-cyclist, industrialist and councillor, and designed by architect Clemens Schürmann and engineer Ugo Fini. It was opened in 1935 and substituted the old Sempione track.

It is famous for its “silken” track that was constructed utilizing wooden planks made from Swedish pine and soon became a benchmark for specialists due to the extraordinary technical characteristics of the track, that is its inclination and smoothness.

In 1951, 1955 and 1962, the world championships took place on this track, while the 1939 event was suspended due to the outbreak of war. In the 1940s and 1950s, the facility was witness to memorable pursuit challenges that managed to attract thousands of enthusiasts, such as the race between Coppi and Schulte in 1949. In the 1960s the track became the location for compelling and spectacular races amongst the strongest sprinters in the world; especially memorable were those between Antonio Maspes and Sante Gaiardoni.

In 2000, the Milanese administration decided to name the facility "Maspes - Vigorelli" in honour of the athlete who passed away that very year.




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