France to host track cycling world championships

Frenchman Francois Pervis celebrates after winning a gold medal in the men's sprint final at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome, on March 2, 2014 (AFP Photo/Luis Acosta)

Paris (AFP) - France's new National Velodrome will host the 2015 Track Cycling World Championships, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Wednesday.

The 5,000-seater velodrome in the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, just outside Paris, was inaugurated in January this year and will host the championships from February 18-22 -- the first time France has hosted them since Bordeaux in 2006.

Brian Cookson, the UCI president, said that the venue had greatly impressed him and his fellow UCI members when they attended the inauguration.

"We were very impressed by the new velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines at the inauguration and are delighted that track cycling's flagship event will be staged in these state-of-the-art facilities, in front of passionate and knowledgeable spectators," said the Englishman.

"It is without a doubt destined to become one of the landmark venues of modern cycling."

The last track world championships took place in Cali, Colombia, in February this year and attracted more than 24,000 spectators.