‘Returning to Truong Son’cycling tournament starts on July 15 (Photo: qdnd.vn)

Seventy cyclists from 12 local and two foreign teams will participate in the six-stage tournament which runs nearly 750km from the capital city to Quang Tri province in the central region.

The first stage on the opening day is 30 laps around Hoan Kiem Lake, totaling 51km.

According to the organisers, Vietnamese national team cyclists will compete as it is the last warm-up event before August’s Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

They will face strong foreigner competition from Thailand and Laos, including Laos’ Alex Phounsavath, winner of the HCM city Television tournament in April.

Apart from cycling, athletes and officials will take part in charity activities such as awarding scholarships to underprivileged students, giving presents to poor people and houses for families of war invalids and martyrs, with total charitable value of about VND7 billion (USD308,000).

The race, its third edition this year, is organised by Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Army) newspaper, and will finish on July 20th with a 20-lap race around the Quang Tri Citadel (53km)./.