|Cyclist compete at the fourth stage of the Tôn Hoa Sen Cup last year. — Photo hoasengroup.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The annual VTV International Cycling Tournament – Tôn Hoa Sen Cup – will kick off on September 2 with the participation of 84 athletes.
Cyclists from 12 crews will tour through 14 stages from Hà Nội to HCM City, during which they will have to conquer famous but difficult passes, such as Hải Vân which connects Huế and Đà Nẵng, Ngang between Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình provinces and Rù Rì in Khánh Hòa.
The final is on September 17 and a total bonus of VNĐ1.2 billion (US$52,600) will be awarded to the best cyclists, of which the overall winner who bags the yellow jersey will pocket VNĐ120 million.
During these two weeks, organisers and athletes will present more than 46,000 gifts and 200 bikes to poor students in localities they pass through. — VNS