Korean cyclists dominate TV cup

The Seoul team from South Korea took most of the titles in the 21st Ho Chi Minh City Television Cycling Cup, which started on April 22 and ended on April 30 in the city.

The Korean cyclists maintained their position to lead two teams from Mongolia and Laos, and 13 Vietnamese teams throughout all nine stages of the 997-kilometer race. They were the fastest in six of the nine stages.

A Korean racer wins the Dalat City stage on April 28 (Photo: SGGP)

The race’s winner was Seoul’s Gong Hyp-suk, who finished with 23 hours 5 minutes and 41 seconds to take the yellow jersey and the first prize of VND50 million. The runner-up was his teammate Jang Gyung-gu, who finished the race with 23 hours 9 minutes and 24 seconds.

Coming third was Vietnamese Le Van Duan from team Saigon 1 Plant Protection, whose time result was 23 hours 11 minutes and 2 seconds.

In the teams’ ranking, Seoul came first, Vietnam’s Saigon Plant Protection were second and An Giang Plant Protection came third.

In addition, the Korean cyclists earned the “king of the mountains” title and the best overall young rider title.

Do Tuan Anh from the Vietnamese team Dong Thap Domesco gained the green jersey for the winner of the points competition.

The race stated in Ho Chi Minh City on April 22, going through the provinces of Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, back to Ninh Thuan, and then Lam Dong, and back to the city on April 30.

The annual race is the country’s biggest cycling competition.

By Minh Tuong

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