[Inside the HTV CUP] - Stage 15: The Queen Stage

by Javier Sardá - @jjavisp


Photo: Huỳnh Văn Thuận


Today, HTV Cup queen stage, departing from Phan Rang and ending in Da Lat. Two scoring summits, the first one of 17km at 50km of the finish line, and the last decisive one, of 10km at only 3km from the finish line.


After two weeks of races, the decisive team trials and yesterday's stage, today was gonna be an important day.


From the start, my team controlled and allowed a small breakaway without any important rider. As soon as we were getting closer to the first scoring summit, Bikelife's team take the command and increased the pace to a demanding level at the beginning of the climb. They tried to break the race, but they didn't achieve it. I managed to reach the summit first and automatically secure the mountain ranking.


After the summit, we were a few riders in front and the attacks started again. However, a few kilometres later, more teammates joined the group and we took control again until reaching the last climb of the day.


From the first kilometre, Bikelife tried it again reducing the group. After 2km of climbing I decided to attack and try luck until the end. Since then, I started to open a gap and to increase the advantage, and managing to be the first to summit, and finally getting the victory stage and the yellow jersey.



Photo: Huỳnh Văn Thuận

Photo: Huỳnh Văn Thuận

Photo: Cycling News

Photo: Huỳnh Văn Thuận


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