Cyclists participated the 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Television Cycling Tournament on March 30 (Photo: VNA)
 
Lang Son (VNA) – The 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Television Cycling Tournament kicked off in the northern province of Lang Son on March 30, drawing nearly 100 cyclists from 13 teams.

The tournament includes 30 stages with a total length of more than 3,200km, from Lang Son to the southernmost province of Ca Mau. It will conclude in HCM City on April 30.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Committee said the race is an activity to mark the 43rd anniversary of Southern Vietnam’s Liberation and the Reunification Day (April 30, 1975 - 2018), the 128th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19, 1890 - 2018) and the eighth national sports festival.

During the race, the organsing board and the Dong A Alumium Company, the event’s sponsor, will organise charitable programmes worth over two billion VND (87,730 USD) to support disadvantaged children.

At the 51km race after the opening ceremony, Nguyen Thanh Tam from Gao hat ngoc troi An Giang team won the yellow jersey with a time of 01:06.48, followed by Le Nguyet Minh and Le Van Duan from the VUS-HCM City team.

Earlier, French racer Loic Desriac of BikeLife Dong Nai triumphed at the tournament’s individual category held in Lang Son city on March 29 while Javier Perez and Mai Nguyen Hung finished second and third. - VNA