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HTV Cup: Nguyen Hoang Giang wins stage 5

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Nguyen Hoang Giang wins the stage

Nguyen Hoang Giang wins the stage (Image credit: HTV Cup Vietnam)
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Stage 5 was the first hilly day

Stage 5 was the first hilly day (Image credit: HTV Cup Vietnam)

Nguyen Hoang Giang claimed the first stage victory for the Loc Troi team in the 32nd HTV Cup Vietnam as he bettered his four breakaway companions in Da Nang. 

The 23-year-old moved up in the overall standings as he was only 26 seconds down prior to stage 5, but no major change occurred on the general classification, with Nguyen Tan Hoai retaining the yellow jersey for the third straight day.

"Hoang Giang was my teammate in 2018 so I know that he’s a protagonist for the general classification," Spain’s Javier Sardá Perez told Cyclingnews

"But the final results will depend very much on the team time trial on stage 13 and the mountainous queen stage to Da Lat [stage 15]."

Stage 5 was the first mountainous stage and it put Sardá in the lead of the King of the Mountains competition as he crested the Hai Van pass in first position. 

The Zamora-born rider, who missed on that day the first birthday of his son due to the postponement of the HTV Cup from April to May, confirmed to his opponents that he’s not only the defending champion but also the hot favourite of the 32nd edition of Vietnam’s oldest and longest stage race.

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nguyen Hoang Giang (Vie) Tap Doan Loc Troi 2:47:52
2Nguyen Thang (Vie) Than Pho Ho Chi Minh
3Pham Quoc Curong (Vie) D. Domesco Dong Thap
4Phan Thanh Tan Tai (Vie) Vinh Long
5Nguyen Pham Quoc Khang (Vie) Bikelife Dong Nai
6Le Nguyet Minh (Vie) TP Ho Chi Minh 0:00:09
7Nguyen Truong Tai (Vie) Ho Chi Minh City-MM Mega Market
8Nguyen Tan Hoai (Vie) D. Domesco Dong Thap
9Trinh Duc Tam (Vie) Tap Doan Loc Troi
10Javier Sarda Perez (Spa) Ho Chi Minh City-MM Mega Market

General Classification after stagee 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nguyen Tan Hoai (Vie) D. Domesco Dong Thap 14:26:25
2Nguyen Hoang Giang (Vie) Tap Doan Loc Troi 0:00:07
3Pham Quoc Curong (Vie) D. Domesco Dong Thap
4Vo Thanh An (Vie) Vinh Long 0:00:09
5Nguyen Thang (Vie) Than Pho Ho Chi Minh 0:00:11
6Le Nguyet Minh (Vie) Than Pho Ho Chi Minh 0:00:16
7Nguyen Pham Quoc Khang (Vie) Bikelife Dong Nai 0:00:17
8Nguyen Truong Tai (Vie) Ho Chi Minh City-MM Mega Market 0:00:20
9Loic Desriac (Fra) Bikelife Dong Nai
10Trinh Duc Tam (Vie) Tap Doan Loc Troi 0:00:21

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