|Trần Nguyễn Duy Nhân (right) secures the polka dot jersey, after the fifth stage of the VTV International Cycling Tournament. — Photo plo.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — National team member Trần Nguyễn Duy Nhân bagged the polka dot jersey, becoming the King of Mountain following the fifth stage of the VTV International Cycling Tournament -- Tôn Hoa Sen Cup -- yesterday.
Nhân of the Military Zone 7 was the first to conquer Ngang Pass, part of the 148km stage from Hà Tĩnh Province to Đồng Hới City of Quảng Bình Province.
It was the first of eight passes that are part of the tournament.
Nhân’s victory was unexpected as he was not a favourite against veterans such as Loic Desriac, Phan Hoàng Thái, Nguyễn Tấn Hoài and Lê Ngọc Sơn.
Lê Văn Duẩn of VUS-HCM City won the stage, finishing first with a time of 3hr 34.29min. He was followed by teammate Lê Nguyệt Minh and Nhân.
It was Duẩn’s first stage win, maintaining his position as the best and most rapid cyclist.
“It is a long stage with a hill. I didn’t think I could be part of the leading pack because if was hot and we had to cycle against the wind. But I received strong support from my teammates and I won today," Duẩn said.
“It is lucky that I could hold both the yellow and green jerseys. I will try my best to maintain the good performance until the end of the tournament,” he said.
In the team ranking, Philippines Navy Insurance Team are on top, followed by Premium Cycling Vĩnh Long and VUS-HCM City.
Athletes will cycle 158km this morning from Đồng Hới to Huế City. — VNS