Photo: Defending HTV winner, Javier Sarda Perez
There may be no Tour, no Vuelta, no Giro this year, but here in Vietnam the postponed HTV Cup starts May 19 following no community transmissions of corona virus for four weeks.
The race takes in some of the greatest climbs in the nation, including the Hai Van Pass. It covers some 2183km over 18 stages including 4 crits and a TTT.
Given the current climate, the race has made headlines in the cycling press around the world, for example in the pages of the UK’s Cycling Weekly which featured comment from us and plenty of Velo Vietnam photos – many from our Northern Frontier 2019 ride.
The Hai Van Pass which will feature on Saturday and play a roll in deciding the KOM
Highlights are broadcast domestically on TV, but the race will also stream live via both Facebook and Youtube with Vietnamese commentary for those overseas who need to get their bike racing fix, no matter what.
Photo: Loc Troi team on the start of Stage 1 2020
While no overseas teams will be permitted to join the 2020 edition, a couple of international riders who have been based here since the ‘before times’ will be the only non-domestic pros on the start line.
These include defending champion, Spain’s Javier Sarda Perez (pictured above) of the Ho Chi Minh City team. “I feel extremely lucky to be here in Vietnam now. I cannot wait to go full gas on the climbs,” he told us.
Javier added: “When this situation with Covid19 gets better, all cycling lovers should come to Vietnam to explore this beautiful nation.” We couldn’t agree more.
The 18 Stages
May 19: Vong Quang Truong, 52km
May 20: Nghe An-Quang Binh, 199km
May 21: Quang Binh-Hué, 162km
May 22: Hué, 42km
May 23: Hué-Da Nang, 113km
May 24: Da Nang-Tam Ky, 130km
May 26: Vong Thanh Phô Tam Ky, 50km
May 27: Tam Ky-Quy Nhon, 230km
May 28: Quy Nhon-Pleiku, 167km
May 29: Pleiku-Buon Me Thuot, 180km
May 30: Buon Me Thuot, 50km
May 31: Buon Me Thuot-Nha Trang, 190km
June 2: Nha Trang, 36km
June 3: Nha Trang-Phan Rang, 135km
June 4: Phan Rang-Da Lat, 123km
June 5: Da Lat, 51km
June 6: Da Lat-Bao Loc, 110km
June 7: Bao Loc-Ho Chi Minh City, 163km
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