READING, Pa. — The World Cycling League is teaming up with an eastern Pennsylvania college to build a $20 million indoor cycling track.
The National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College, in Reading, will have 2,500 spectator seats and also serve as the league’s global headquarters.
Officials hope to begin construction by late summer and open the track in time for the 2018-19 school year.
The facility will be only the second of its kind in the United States. The VELO Sports Center in Carson, California, opened three years ago.
David Chauner, the league’s CEO, says the velodrome will attract world-class cyclists to live, train and race in the area.
If the track is built as planned, it will be available for athletes who wish to train for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
French rider Julian Alaphilippe confirmed his status as the top cyclist so far this season by winning the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday.
Alaphilippe, who rides for the Quick-Step team, edged Oliver Naesen of AG2R and Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky in a 10-man sprint at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera.
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan finished fourth.
It was Alaphilippe’s seventh win this season, adding to his Strade Bianche title this month and stage wins in the Vuelta a San Juan (2), Tour of Colombia, and Tirreno-Adriatico (2).
Alaphilippe attacked on the final climb up the Poggio and was followed by a small group of other elite riders to set up the sprint. He finished with a time of nearly seven hours.
“I will need some time to realize what I have achieved today,” Alaphilippe said. “We made the race hard and I stayed focused. … I made no mistake. It’s unbelievable.”
Fausto Masnada, the last remaining rider from an early 10-man breakaway, was caught with 25 kilometers to go.
LONDON — Britain’s richest man has bought the Team Sky cycling team, which will be renamed Team Ineos.
Jim Ratcliffe, who is the chairman of chemicals giant Ineos, is reported by the Sunday Times rich list as being worth 21 billion dollars (18.5 million euros).
Ineos pledged in a statement on Tuesday to honor all “existing commitments to riders, staff and partners.”
The team’s launch takes place at the Tour de Yorkshire which starts in Doncaster on May 2.
Sky’s long-time team principal Dave Brailsford welcomed the move, saying “it ends the uncertainty around the team” and “represents a huge vote of confidence in our future.”
Sky has won six of the past seven Tour de France races, with Chris Froome winning four times and Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas winning it once.
British broadcaster Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport last December following the European pay TV giant’s takeover by American company Comcast.