The opening ceremony saw the participation of VTV General Director Tran Binh Minh and Vice Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee Ngo Van Quy.

During the opening ceremony

This year’s tournament attracted the participation of 79 cyclists from nine teams nationwide that will compete in a race from Hanoi to Quy Nhon city (Binh Dinh province). The total award for this annual tourney is nearly VND 1.1 billion.

Amid the complicated developments of the natural disaster in the Central region of country and the human and property losses caused by it, sponsor Ton Hoa Sen decided to donate VND 930 million to support flood-hit people in the provinces of Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien - Hue, and families of the fallen soldiers at Rao Trang 3 Hydropower Plant (VND 10 million each).

This year’s tourney has nine stages covering the distance of about 858km in total.

Translated by Khanh Ngan