Russian cyclist Igor Frolov of the Ho Chi Minh City-Vinama team put on an impressive display during the seventh stage of the 2023 Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) Cycling Tournament on Sunday, even though he did not ultimately take the win.
The seventh stage from Thua Thien-Hue Province to Da Nang City in central Vietnam was widely regarded as one of the most breathtaking ones in the tourney as cyclists had to traverse three formidable mountain passes—Phuoc Tuong, Phu Gia, and Hai Van.
After the opening whistle, the weaker cyclists of the Loc Troi team broke away in an effort to score bonus points along the route and protect Russian cyclist Petr Rikunov, who had won two stages of the cycling race this year.
The cyclists were reunited when they neared Hai Van Mountain Pass, which connects Da Nang City and Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Frolov made history by achieving a remarkable velocity of over 71 kilometers per hour at times. His remarkable initiative resulted in this incredible feat, now remembered as a defining moment in history.
About five kilometers to the top of Hai Van Pass, there were only three strong mountain bikers: Frolov, Rikunov, and Spanish cyclist Javier Sarda Perez from the Binh Minh Binh Duong Plastics team. The latter won the highly sought-after yellow jersey in the race in 2019 and 2020.
Frolov wanted to break away, but Rikunov doggedly followed him, like a faithful shadow.
However, Frolov claimed the red polka dot jersey for the rider with the most mountain points.
Igor Frolov (L) was victorious in the race for the red polka dot jersey for the rider with the most mountain points on the Hai Van Mountain Pass. The impressive feat was captured in a photograph taken by M.Q. and featured in Tuoi Tre. Frolov’s remarkable victory has given cycling fans something to talk about and admire.
|Igor Frolov (L) wins the red polka dot jersey for the rider with the most mountain points on Hai Van Mountain Pass. Photo: M.Q. / Tuoi Tre
The trio continued to impress with their swift and remarkable performances.
They all accelerated, but Rikunov showcased a powerful sprint to win the stage.
Russian cyclist Petr Rikunov outpaced Igor Frolov and Spanish biker Javier Sarda Perez to clinch the seventh stage of the 2023 Ho Chi Minh City TV Cup cycling tournament. M.Q./Tuoi Tre captured a picture of the triumphant Rikunov as he celebrated his victory in Da Nang.
|Russian cyclist Petr Rikunov surpasses Igor Frolov and Spanish biker Javier Sarda Perez to win the seventh stage of the 2023 Ho Chi Minh City Television Cycling Tournament. Photo: M.Q. / Tuoi Tre
Ninety-eight cyclists from fourteen competing teams are set to take on an 83.4 kilometer journey from Da Nang to Tam Ky City in neighboring Quang Nam Province on Monday. This race promises to be an exciting event as teams from across the country compete for the top spot. With the start of the race quickly approaching, all eyes are on the cyclists as they prepare for the intense challenge that lies ahead.
The HTV Cup race has been held annually since 1989 and is considered Vietnam’s equivalent of the Tour de France. It is a much-celebrated event, drawing in enthusiastic crowds of cycling fans from across the country. This iconic race has become a renowned fixture on the Vietnamese sporting calendar, with cyclists from all over the world competing for the prestigious title. This event is a true test of endurance and skill, with the winner being crowned Vietnam’s top cyclist. The HTV Cup is a great opportunity to witness the incredible talent that exists in Vietnam and a perfect way to get a taste of the country’s vibrant culture.
In its 35th edition, the 2,964 kilometer-long Vietnam Cycling Federation Competition celebrates Vietnam’s reunification on April 30, 1975. Riders traverse the country from north to south in 25 stages, making it one of the longest-running bicycle races in the world.
Frolov won the most coveted yellow jersey in the 2022 edition.