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£105m track, which Sir Chris Hoy helped design, is set to be the fastest in the world

London Olympics velodrome construction begins

Building work has begun on east London’s 2012 velodrome. The Stratford track, which is being built on the site of a former West Ham tip, is expected to cost £105 million according to the BBC.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have confirmed the 6,000 seat velodrome will be available for British cyclists to practice on, including potential Olympians and Paralympians.

Lord Coe, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe enthused: "Britain leads the way in world cycling and deserves a world-class stage in 2012 so the start of work on time on a landmark new cycling venue for London is a significant milestone."

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: "Today we’ve witnessed the start of construction of what, with the help of Sir Chris Hoy who helped design the velodrome, we hope will be the fastest track in the world for London 2012, helping Olympic and Paralympic cyclists better their awe-inspiring performances last summer."

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