Ho Chi Minh City’s Huynh Mai Duy won the individual category and VTV Can Tho claimed the team champion as the Southern Revolution Road Cycling Tour concluded on Saturday.
Le Ngoc Son of Domesco Dong Thap 1 won the red jersey after finishing first at three checkpoints (Ngoan Muc, Prenn and Phu Hiep) during the 17th annual race held by the Voice of Ho Chi Minh City (VOH).
Nguyen Thanh Tam of Hat Ngoc Troi An Giang won the blue jersey for his sprinting during the race which kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on October 12 and crossed seven stages to Vung Tau, Phan Thiet, Phan Rang, Da Lat and Bao Loc, covering a total distance of more than 800 kilometers (497 miles).
Eighteen-year-old cyclist Nguyen Huu Tien of Thanh Son Hoa Nong won the title for the best young cyclist.
The 30-year-old Duy, who won the tour’s individual category, said it was the first time he won the yellow jersey in his 16 years of professional cycling.
Huynh Mai Duy of Ho Chi Minh City won the race's individual title. Photo: Minh Hung
“I am so happy with the result at this event. I think I will also smile when sleeping,” he said.
Duy said he would retire after this event and become a cycling coach.
Ngo Quang Vinh, deputy chairman of HCMC Bicycle and Motorcycle Association, said the road was badly damaged or being partly repaired at many sections, presenting big challenges to cyclists as well as organizers and motorcycles clearing the road and maintaining safety along the route.
“But all cyclists competed well and showed that they are all professional racers,” he said.
During the third stage from Phan Thiet to Phan Rang, strong winds blew sands into the road.
The scorching sun and rough roads forced nearly half of 65 cyclists to give up on that stage.
Several motorcycles crashed while guarding the team due to bad roads, but none of the drivers sustained significant injuries.
Tran Van Thuan, VOH director and head of the race’s organizing committee, said next year's race is expected to cross through three Indochinese countries: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.