Jan Paul Morales won the 11th stage of the VTV International Cycling Tournament, or Ton Hoa Sen Cup September 13.
Morales of the Philippines Navy Standard Insurance won the 121km stage from Tuy Hoa to Nha Trang City over the Mui Dien and Ca Mountain passes in a time of 3:56.05.
Tran Nguyen Duy Nhan of Military Zone 7 and Nguyen Minh Viet of VUS-HCM City were the runners-up.
Tran Nguyen Minh Tri of Pharmacy Domesco Dong Thap placed fourth, while Morales’s teammate, Ronald Oranza finished fifth.
“We had prepared for the 11th stage carefully because we didn’t compete successfully in the last stage. We needed an improvement. That was the reason why we performed well today,” said coach Bernie Llentada of the Philippines team.
Llentada said his team will support Morales to take the lead in the next stages.
Although Desriac Loic of Bike Life VDC didn’t finish in the top five, he retained the yellow jersey for best overall time.
The green jersey for the best sprinter is held by Le Van Duan of VUS-HCM City, while Junrey Navarra of CCN has the red jersey as the King of Mountain with 33 points.
Cyclists will have a day off before competing in the 12th stage from Nha Trang to Da Lat City, lasting 136km.