Cyclist threatens to quit HTV Tour to protest referee decision

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Bui Minh Thuy on Sunday threatened to quit the 2013 HTV Cycling Tour in protest against the referee's decision during the second stage of the tour from Hanoi to Thanh Hoa.

The 23-year-old Thuy also asked his teammates of the ADC Vinh Long TV team to quit the competition after he, together with the other cyclists in the second group, was stopped by a train in Tam Diep Town of Ninh Binh Province. The referee decided to allow the third group of cyclists to join the second group.  

The referee said the difference between the second and third groups was less than 30 seconds, but Thuy said the difference was 45 seconds, so the third group of cyclists should not have been allowed to join the second group.

At the completion of the stage, Thuy still threatened to quit the contest, and the panel of referees decided to give him a warning and a fine of VND300,000 (US$14).

In this 160km stage, Le Anh Dung of Dong Da Hanoi was first to cross the finish line after 3 hours 19 minutes 52 seconds. Tran Quoc Dung of Domesco Dong Thap was second and Tran Van Quyen of the 7th zone military team came in third.

Huynh Thanh Tung of the 7th zone military team still retained the yellow jersey for the fastest cyclist for the two stages with a total time of four hours 31 minutes 16 seconds. The 7th zone military team is leading the contest with a total time of 13 hours 34 minutes 19 seconds, 11 minutes less than the Domesco Dong Thap team.

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