Thai cyclist Somrat Phetdarin on Friday won the third stage of the Binh Duong International Women's Cycling Tournament - Biwase Cup 2023.
This stage is one of the most arduous challenges of this year's Binh Duong International Women's Cycling Tournament, stretching about 120 kilometers from Thong Nhat District in southern Dong Nai Province to Bao Loc City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
The cyclists had to conquer both Chuoi Pass and Bao Loc Pass, with the latter being the highlight of the stage.
Before reaching Bao Loc Pass, Tran Thi Ngoc Trang of Team Vinh Long attempted to separate herself from the rest but she failed.
Trang was caught up by other strong contenders, namely Shoko Kashiki of Team Biwase - Binh Duong, Nguyen Thi Thi and Nguyen Thi Thu Mai of Team Tap Doan Loc Troi, and Somrat Phetdarin of Team Thailand.
The 10-kilometer Bao Loc Pass posed a lot of challenges to the cyclists, allowing Kashiki and Phetdarin to emerge and lead the group.
In the final part of the stage, Phetdarin showed impressive strength and endurance as she sprinted toward the finish line.
|Thai cyclist Somrat Phetdarin wins the yellow jersey after the third stage of the Binh Duong International Women's Cycling Tournament - Biwase Cup 2023, March 10, 2023. Photo: T.P. / Tuoi Tre|
This victory helped Phetdarin take over the yellow jersey from her teammate Maneephan Jutatip.
The Thai cyclist also won the red polka dot jersey for the best player in the mountain classification.
The cyclists will participate in stage four of the tournament, stretching from Bao Loc City to Da Lat City in Lam Dong Province, on Saturday.
The 13th Binh Duong International Women’s Cycling Tournament - Biwase Cup, officially opened in Thu Dau Mot City, Binh Duong Province on March 8.
The tournament featured the participation of 11 domestic cycling teams and seven international teams from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Riders will compete in 10 stages over a total distance of 1,101 kilometers through Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, and Ba Ria - Vung Tau Provinces.