Vietnam's biggest bicycle race crowns youngest winner ever

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Tran Thanh Dien has become the youngest cyclist to ever win the Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) Cycling Tour in the event's 25-year history.

The 17-year-old cyclist from the Saigon Plant Protection Company team snatched the yellow jersey at the end of the seventh stage from Hue to Da Nang.

With support from his teammates, Dien retained the yellow jersey for the cyclist with the shortest total time throughout the nine stages of the 2,000-odd km tour. Vietnam's biggest annual bicycle race began in Hanoi on April 13 and finished in HCMC on April 30.

Dien's win also marked the first time that a cyclist from HCMC won the event since Quoc Thang did so in 2002.

Dien, who competed in the HTV Cycling Tour for the first time only last year, was also awarded the white jersey for being the top young cyclist of the tour.

The blue jersey for the best sprinter went to Le Van Duan from the HCMC Eximbank Team, marking the third straight time he has taken that title at the event.

The red jersey for the best mountain climber went to Nguyen Thanh Tam from the An Giang Plant Protection Company team, while the Pharma Domesco Dong Thap team won the title for the team with best overall time.

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