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Tam speeds to road-race glory

Update: October, 17/2013 - 09:43
Victory: Nguyen Thanh Tam of An Giang Province crosses the finishing line in the men's road race at the National Cycling Championships yesterday in Vung Tau. — VNS Photo Hai Van

HA NOI (VNS)— Nguyen Thanh Tam sprinted to victory in the men's road race event at the National Cycling Championships which wrapped up yesterday in Vung Tau City.

Tam finished the 155km tour with a time of 3hr 50.38min, reaching an average speed of 40.324km/h.

The An Giang-based athlete was among the first riders who launched the first attack in the final race of the championships.

They led the whole peloton for over 10km before being caught by the Military squad.

At the 25km to the finish mark, Huynh Thanh Tung of the Military and Tam escaped from all the other riders to set up a tete-a-tete finish. Tam came out on top at the crucial moment to win An Giang's sixth gold medal. Tung finished second and the third place went to his teammate Tran Le Minh Tuan.

With three athletes finishing in the first group the Military won the team event with a time of 11:42.15, followed by An Giang and Vinh Long.

An Giang with six gold, five silver and two bronze medals in total, placing them at the top of the tournament rankings.

Binh Duong unexpectedly finished second, with three golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

HCM City came third with three golds, one silver and three bronzes.

A terrain cycling round will be organised separately on October 22 and 23 in Hoa Binh Province. — VNS


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