Villa to retire

As the six-day circuit prepares to kick back into gear, the disappointing news has emerged that Marco Villa must retire due to a heart condition. The 39-year-old Italian has been advised by his doctor that prolonging his career may be detrimental to his health.

After nearly 150 six-day events, Villa has recorded 24 victories. He partnered countryman Silvio Martinello to two world championships and a bronze at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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