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Duan wins stage, top three unchanged

Update: April, 18/2013 - 09:39

HA NOI (VNS)— National team member Le Van Duan won the fifth round of the HCM City Television Cycling Cup yesterday.

Duan of Eximbank HCM City beat more than 70 rivals in the 165km stage from Dong Hoi City to Hue City in 3h 54m 28s.

The group divided into two after the first 100km with the strongest riders in the leading peloton, including yellow jersey holder Nguyen Tran Minh Tri of Dong Thap Raflis Trivialis and runners-up Tran Thanh Dien and Le Ngoc Thanh of Sai Gon Plant Protection.

About 500m to the finish, six riders attacked and separated from the leading bunch. They included Duan and teammates Mai Nguyen Hung and Truong Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Do Tuan Anh of Dong Thap Domesco Pharmacy, Nguyen Thanh Tam from An Giang Plant Protection and Bui Minh Thuy of ADC-Vinh Long.

Duan crossed the line first, with Anh and Tam second and third.

Anh and Duan were also in a race for the green jersey for best rider. Anh has 48 points and Duan, 47.

The top three positions overall remain unchanged with Tri at 16:31.21 and Dien and Thanh 5sec and 10sec slower.

In the team ranking, Sai Gon leads with 49:32.36 and An Giang and Military Zone 7 closed behind.

Today, cyclists will race 25 laps (52km) over the Phu Xuan and Trang Tien bridges in Hue. — VNS


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