French Riders Dominated Inaugural Virtus Cycling Series In Ballarat

On January 4th, Ballarat, Australia witnessed the exhilarating launch of the first-ever Virtus World Cycling Series. This groundbreaking initiative, aimed at expanding opportunities and enhancing flexibility for cyclists with intellectual impairments globally, is set to make waves in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

In the Northern Hemisphere edition, French riders dominated the stage, showcasing remarkable performances in both male and female categories.

Ange Richiero and Vincent Pomorski are on the left and Dastan Ordabay is on the right. Photo Credit: AusCycling Road & Esports

In the highly competitive II1 Men’s Time Trial, France’s Louis Fuhrmann emerged as the fastest, clocking an exceptional time of 27:19.21 seconds. Fuhrmann secured victory over the home champion, Cameron Marshall, a notable feat considering Marshall’s current status as the National Champion in the Individual Time Trial and Road Race. Leo Collet (FRA) claimed the bronze with a commendable timing of 29:53.03 seconds.

Within the II2 category, Ange Richiero and Vincent Pomorski, representing France, showcased their prowess and claimed the top positions.

(L-R) Leo Collett, Louis Fuhrmann and Kealy Kitkevics flaunting their medals. Photo Credit: Michael Thompson/SIA

The intensity continued in the II1 Men’s Criterium 5.5km Race, with French cyclists once again dominating the podium. Louis Fuhrmann secured his second series title, Leo Collett transitioned his bronze from the previous day to silver, and Kealy Kitkevics (AUS) settled for the bronze.

In the II2 Men’s Criterium 5.5km Race, French riders Ange Richiero and Vincent Pomorski replicated their success from the previous day, clinching gold and silver once again.

Adding to the international flavour, Kazakhstan’s Dastan Ordabay showcased exceptional prowess, claiming gold in both the II-3 Individual Trial and the II-3 Criterium 5.5km Race with a commendable timing of 37:28.

This resounding success marks the beginning of a revolutionary series that promises to reshape the landscape of cycling for athletes with intellectual impairments.

Full results can be accessed from the AusCycling website.