Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Eighteen teams will participate in the Bình Dương International Women’s Cycling Tournament, called Biwase Cup, to be held from March 8 to 16.
Among the 18, eight are foreign teams, and Japan, Thailand, Kazakhstan and South Korea promise to be strong contenders.
The 10 local teams include leading teams such as Hạt Ngọc Trời An Giang, Biwase Bình Dương and VUS HCM City.
Việt Nam’s best cyclists Nguyễn Thị Thật, Phan Thị Liễu and Trúc Mai of An Giang are strong candidates for the title.
“It is a prestigious tournament, though it is not affiliated to the International Cycling Union. We organisers are pleased to see the interest and participation of international teams,” said Ngô Quang Vinh, deputy president of Việt Nam Cycling and Sport Motors Federation.
Cyclists will compete in nine stages, starting from Bình Dương, riding through neighbouring provinces and cities and finishing at the start point. This seventh edition of the competition will see its longest ever race, of 828km in nine days.
The event is themed Blue Sea, and organisers hope it will encourage people to protect the environment and the oceans, and contribute to sustainable development.
Apart from prizes for stage winners, the organisers have announced a VNĐ30 million (US$1,300) award for the yellow jersey holder. Cyclists who win the green, white and red jerseys, and the Miss Cycling title as well as the best team will also receive bonuses in cash. — VNS