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Former French men’s U23 national team member wins overall victory of Vietnam’s national cycling race

Friday, April 30, 2021, 16:30 GMT+7
Former French men’s U23 national team member wins overall victory of Vietnam’s national cycling race
French cyclist Loic Desriac. Photo: M.Q. / Tuoi Tre

Loic Desriac, a former French men’s U23 national cyclist, achieved the overall victory of the HTV Cup as the annual north-to-south tournament in Vietnam concluded in Ho Chi Minh City late on Friday morning in celebration of the Reunification Day (April 30).

Racing for Bike Life Dong Nai, the French cyclist secured the most prestigious yellow jersey of the tourney after 22 rounds.

Desriac had competed for several international cycling teams and been selected to the French men’s U23 national cycling team before relocating his career to Vietnam in 2012.

Bike Life Dong Nai also won the team championship for the best team performance throughout the total distance of 2,450 kilometers of the competition.

The results were officially announced after the final stage of the 2021 HTV Cup national cycling tournament came to an end on Friday morning.

Traffic congestion occurs on Bao Loc Pass in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, April 30, 2021. Photo: Du Hai / Tuoi Tre
Traffic congestion occurs on Bao Loc Pass in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, April 30, 2021. Photo: Du Hai / Tuoi Tre

An unexpected incident happened in this last round as a traffic jam on Bao Loc Pass delayed its start for one hour on Friday morning.

As previously scheduled, the racers were expected to ride from Bao Loc City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to Ho Chi Minh City at 7:00 am on the same morning.

But they were stuck in traffic congestion on Bao Loc Pass, with traffic police officers and the tourney’s security forces scrambling to help them escape the situation after over an hour.

It was until 8:07 am that the cyclists were able to officially start their race.

In spite of the undesirable event, the 164-kilometer race offered spectators numerous captivating chases and breakouts.

Cyclists start racing from Bao Loc City in Lam Dong Province to Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2021. Photo: C.N. / Tuoi Tre
Cyclists start racing from Bao Loc City in Lam Dong Province to Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2021. Photo: C.N. / Tuoi Tre

Eventually, Nguyen Minh Thien, a cyclist of 620 Chau Thoi Vinh Long, sprinted vigorously in the last kilometers to outperform other riders and reach the finish line in the first place.

In addition to recognizing Thien as the final round winner, the organizers presented the titles to Desriac and Bike Life Dong Nai for their achievements at the tourney’s closing ceremony.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Tan Hoai of Domesco Dong Thap brought home the blue jersey for the best sprinter and Javier Perez, a Spaniard racing for Ho Chi Minh City-Vinama and the defending champion, claimed the red polka dot jersey for the rider with the most mountain points.

Le Hai Dang, who was Hoai’s teammate, kept the white jersey for the best young rider.

The HTV Cup tourney has been held annually since 1989 and is considered Vietnam’s ‘Tour de France.’

In its 33rd edition, the competition took about 100 cyclists from north to south in celebration of Vietnam’s reunification on April 30, 1975.

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