|Uphill battle: Cyclists seen on the first day of the Hạt Ngọc Trời Cycling Cup. VNS Photo Nguyễn Minh Tân|Viet Nam News
Nguyễn Minh Luận of Vĩnh Long won the 58km second stage of the Hạt Ngọc Trời Cycling Cup yesterday with a time of 1hr 23.10min from An Giang Province to Đồng Tháp Province.
Huỳnh Thanh Tùng of Military Zone 7 and Nguyễn Hoàng Giang of An Giang came second and third, respectively.
Nguyễn Minh Triết who took the 38km first stage around Long Xuyên City earlier in the day claimed the yellow jersey for the leader after two stages. He also kept the green jersey for best sprinter. Giang and Luận were close behind them. In the team event, thanks to their talented Triết, An Giang claimed first position, followed by Military Zone 7 and Vĩnh Long.
In the amateur category, retired national team member Nguyễn Nam Cực was on top and his Cà Mau Fertilizers crew led the team ranking.
Today, cyclists will tour the 42km third stage around Đồng Tháp’s Cao Lãnh City. -- VNS