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Hunter back after scare
- Updated: May 11, 2009
South Africans John-Lee Augustyn and Robbie Hunter are placed 58th and 181st respectively in the Giro d’Italia after two stages.
Augustyn is 1min 21sec behind overall leader Mark Cavendish of Britain
Yesterday’s stage was won by veteran sprinter Alessandro Petacchi, the Italian rider edging out Cavenish to cover the 156 kilometre stage between Jesolo┬á and Trieste in 4hr 04min 43sec. Hunter is 4:23 back in the general classification.
The duo’s Barloworld team is 1min 07sec behind Team Columbia-Highroad (11hr 31min 11sec) in the team standings.
Hunter had a nasty scare yesterday when he was involved in a collision with a spectator.
‘Not a good day! Stupid spectator stepped out with 8km to go for a photo and his elbow connected on my collarbone. My arm went lame & I could not sprint!
‘I thought I broke it at first, the way it hurt. Guess that’s what happens at 60km/h!’
‘But it’s much better this morning. I must say last night I was really worried. Anyway I’m looking forward to today… looks like a bunch sprint again.’