Sport: A long mooted plan to build an indoor cycling training facility was finally unveiled and immediately met with controversy on Tuesday.
The velodrome will be constructed in Mondorf-les-Bains, sports minister Romain Schneider told the press.
Plans to build a new facility were first floated in 2006. The initial location considered was a former landfill in Luxembourg City, adjacent to the Boy-Konen sports complex in Cessange. That idea was subsequently abandoned after a tepid response from Luxembourg’s cycling community.
This week the sports minister said he reached agreement with Mondorf’s college of alderman. However, the debate has not abated.
The southeastern city is home base for Luxembourg’s most famous cyclists, brothers Andy and Fränk Schleck. The Schlecks ride for the Radioshack Nissan Trek team, which is partially owned by real estate developer and Schleck family friend Flavio Becca (photo). His group is behind the new national football stadium and shopping centre to be built in Livange.
Becca’s company and investment partners are reportedly also behind the development of the new velodrome site, according to sources cited by paperJam, raising conflict-of-interest questions. Spokespeople for both Grossfeld PAP and Becca’s group formally denied any involvement in the deal, paperJam said.
The controversy may linger for some time: due to pressure on the government’s current budget, the estimated 12 to 15 million euro project will not get under way until 2013.