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Ho Chi Minh City to close downtown streets for final stage of cycling tournament

Wednesday, June 03, 2020, 17:04 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City to close downtown streets for final stage of cycling tournament
Cyclists race in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

Certain streets in Ho Chi Minh City will be blocked on the weekend for the organization of the final stage of an annual cycling tournament and its closing ceremony, according to local transport authorities.

Traffic will be redirected on Le Duan Boulevard and Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1 on Sunday, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport said.

The redirection is meant to facilitate the final stage of the 2020 HTV cycling tournament (HTV Cup) and its closing ceremony, the department added.

All vehicles are prohibited from the Nguyen Binh Khiem section bounded by Le Duan and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, it elaborated.

The entirety of Le Duan will also be sealed off during the period.

Cyclists race in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

Cyclists race in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

Alternative routes are as follows.

On Nguyen Binh Khiem Street:

From Nguyen Huu Canh Street: Nguyen Binh Khiem => Nguyen Huu Canh => Ton Duc Thang => Dinh Tien Hoang => Nguyen Thi Minh Khai => Nguyen Binh Khiem.

From the Nguyen Binh Khiem intersection: Nguyen Binh Khiem => Nguyen Thi Minh Khai => Dinh Tien Hoang => Ton Duc Thang => Nguyen Huu Canh => Nguyen Binh Khiem.

On Le Duan:

From Reunification Palace to the Saigon zoo: Nam Ky Khoi Nghia => Alexandre de Rhodes => Pham Ngoc Thach => Nguyen Van Chiem => Hai Ba Trung => Nguyen Thi Minh Khai or Nam Ky Khoi Nghia => Han Thuyen => Cong Xa Paris => Dong Khoi => Ly Tu Trong => Ton Duc Thang => Nguyen Huu Canh => Nguyen Binh Khiem.

From the Saigon zoo to Reunification Palace: Nguyen Binh Khiem => Nguyen Huu Canh => Le Thanh Ton => Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.

Cyclists race in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

Cyclists race in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

Travelers will be required to follow instructions from traffic police and lights when commuting on the routes, the transport department said.

Residents working or living in the affected areas should contact Le Tran Duc Huan, from Ho Chi Minh City Television, at 0938.591.359 for assistance in their commute.

Organized by the TV station, HTV Cup is the most famous stage race in Vietnam.

This year marks the 32nd edition of the annual cycling tournament.

“The twelve strongest teams in the country compete in this race that consists of 18 stages covering more than 2,100km,” Nguyen Dinh Khoi, chief of the executive board of the race, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

All race stages are broadcast live on conventional TV, Facebook, YouTube, and smartphone apps every day between May 19 and June 7.

Cyclists race through different types of terrain, including mountain passes, from the north-central province of Nghe An down to Ho Chi Minh City in the southern part of the Southeast Asian country.

They have covered 14 stages to date, with Team Ho Chi Minh City topping the table.

A cyclist celebrates as he crossed the finish line in Ninh Thuan Province, located in south-central Vietnam, in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

A cyclist celebrates as he crossed the finish line first in Ninh Thuan Province, located in south-central Vietnam, in the 14th stage of the annual HTV Cup organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television, June 3, 2020. Photo: HTV

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