Sunday, April 13, 2008

Malaysia secures first win at trans-Vietnam cycling race

A team from Malaysia triumphed at the first leg of the Ho Chi Minh City Television-sponsored cycling race, which kicked off in Hanoi on April 12.The 50-km first leg, which covers 30 circles around Hoan Kiem Lake, saw Malaysia’s cyclist Mohammed Yamani take both green and yellow jerseys. Yamani clocked 1:09:53 with an average speed of 43.78 km an hour.More than 80 top cyclists from 12 local teams and Laos , Malaysia and China ’s Guangxi province will compete in the second leg, stretching 146 km from the capital city of Hanoi to central Thanh Hoa province. The 20th annual race, the biggest of the year in the country, will be divided into 18 stages, covering a total distance of 2,237 km. Highlights of the event will be the two legs taking place in central Vietnam , along the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail in Ha Tinh province and from Binh Dinh through Gia Lai and Dak Lak provinces to Nha Trang city in Khanh Hoa province. The final leg of the race will take place in HCM City on April 30, coinciding with the Liberation Day of southern Vietnam.
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