|National cyclist Nguyễn Thị Thật (middle) eases off too soon in the first stage of the the Bình Dương International Women’s Cycling Tournament yesterday. — Photo plo.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — National cyclist Nguyễn Thị Thật grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory in the first stage of the Bình Dương International Women’s Cycling Tournament, or Biwase Cup, yesterday due to celebrating her win too early, allowing her Japanese rival to overtake.
In the opening stage yesterday, 90 cyclists from 18 teams competed in the 66km race around Bình Dương City.
With strong sprinting skills, Thật of Gạo Hạt Ngọc Trời An Giang, Kajihara Yumi of Japan, Namkung Soyoung of South Korea were expected to perform well.
In first place and close to the finish line, Thật began celebrating. Taking full advantage of Thật’s mistake, Yumi passed her to win the race. The third place went to Soyoung.
Yumi currently holds the green and yellow jersey.
Today, cyclists will compete in the 115km second stage from Định Quán District in Đồng Nai Province to Bảo Lộc City in Lâm Đồng Province.
The tournament is themed Blue Sea, and organisers hope it will encourage people to protect the environment and the oceans.
Apart from prizes for stage winners, the organisers will award VNĐ30 million (US$1,300) for the overall yellow jersey winner. Cyclists who win the green, white and red jerseys, and the Miss Cycling title as well as the best team will also receive cash. — VNS