Cyclists take part in the HTV Cycling race in 2020. This year's event will be held on April 6-30 to celebrate Reunification Day. Photo nld.com.vn
HÀ NỘI — The annual HCM City Television Cycling Tournament will be held in April with VNĐ2 billion (US$86,600) up for grab.
In its 33rd edition, the race has attracted more than 100 participants from 15 teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers have not invited international teams as in the past, but local teams are allowed one foreign member each.
The Việt Nam national team will join the race as they are preparing for the 31st Southeast Asian Games later this year.
The tournament is part of activities to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Southern Việt Nam’s liberation and Reunification Day on April 30.
Running from April 6 to 30, cyclists will race across 22 stages covering 2,450km from Cao Bằng Province to HCM City.
The first stage will be a 45km lap around Cao Bằng City on April 6.
Among the stages, the route from Nghệ An Province through Hà Tĩnh to Quảng Bình Province will be the longest one at 199km on April 15.
Earlier, the team time trial stage will be in Cửa Lò Beach of Nghệ An while athletes will take part in the individual time trial event at the 14th stage in Tam Kỳ City, Quảng Ngãi Province.
The race will end on April 30 when cyclists reach the Independence Palace in HCM City.
The winner of the tournament will take the yellow jersey and a purse of VNĐ200 million ($8,660) while the winning team will bank VNĐ100 million ($4,330)
The organisers will also deliver prizes for athletes who win stages and take the green, red polka dot, and white jerseys.
All stages will be live aired on HTV9, HTV Thể thao and other platforms.
About VNĐ1.5 billion ($65,000) will be used for charity activities in localities that the race passes by.
Last year, Javier Sarda Perez of HCM City took double titles winning both the yellow and red polka dot jersey while his crew took the team title. VNS