Israel’s new national cycling champion is a 25-year-old immigrant dancer and barista, Vlad Logionov.
Logionov immigrated from Ukraine some three years ago and is not a professional cycler. He surprised many at the championship at Beit Govrin on Saturday, but his trainer at the 500 Watt cycling club, Ilan Ulman, told the Shvoong sports site that his win was “no accident.”
Ulman said Logionov was intensely dedicated to the training and brought his technique and training mentality from the world of dance to the race.
“He’s a fantastic athlete, as a dancer and as a rider,” Ulman said.
אלוף ישראל ברכיבת אופניים הוא בכלל רקדן.
חובבן שניצח את כל המקצוענים.
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Logionov tells Channel 12 he is considering taking up cycling professionally, and hopes to get offers following his victory.