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Hunter makes it two

From good to better! South Africa’s Robert Hunter won his second consecutive stage of the Tour of Murcia in Spain on Thursday.

Thirty-two-year-old Hunter, who rides for the Garmin-Transition team, has now notched his second stage win of the year in the space of two days as he beat Australia’s Graeme Brown and Spain’s Vicente Reynes in a sprint finish to take the 169.8km second stage between Calasparra and Caravaca de la Cruz and hang on to the yellow jersey.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finished with the main peleton.

Hunter’s time was 4hr 20min 12sec and his South African teammate Daryl Impey, who rides for Armstrong’s team, placed 10th in the same time. Another South African, John Lee Augustyn, was down in 102nd spot but with the same time as the main bunch.

There were a few anxious moments as Hunter had to await the outcome of an appeal by Brown’s Rabobank team but the jury gave him the thumbs up. “So another good day in the office! I’m pretty happy. Brown not happy after the stage said I put him in the barriers. What a joke!!!” was Hunter’s comment on his Twitter feed after the race.

Hunter now heads the general classification in a time of 8:35:52 and is bracketed with a bunch of 20 other riders. His Garmin-Transitions team lies sixth in the team standings.