Madrid's 2012 Olympic bid isn't considered a favourite with London, Paris and New York currently the front runners in the race to host the Games seven years hence. But Madrid organizers have come up with an idea that UCI officials have called "brilliant": host the start and finish of the time trial in the Olympic Stadium.
According to gamesbids.com, Madrid plans to run its time trial August 12, early in the Games and before the athletics program gets underway. That would free up the 70,000-seat stadium for the start and finish of the time trial, an idea lauded by two UCI executives who have been visiting Madrid to examine the cycling aspects of its bid.
The UCI representatives also said they were satisfied with other aspects of Madrid's bid, such as the velodrome and BMX track.