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Solid TDF start for Hunter

South Africa’s Robbie Hunter finished a fine 21st in Saturday’s Tour de France prologue time trial.

Riding for the Garmin-Transitions team, Hunter was just 39 seconds off the pace in the world’s most prestigious road cycling event.

The prologue was won by Swiss time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara.  The Team Saxo Bank cyclist clocked exactly 10min for the 8.9-kilometre sprint through the streets of a wet Rotterdam.

It was Cancellara’s fourth Tour prologue and he was 10sec ahead of Germany’s Tony Martin of Team HTC-Columbia. Britain’s David Millar, Hunter’s teammate, took third (20sec back) with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, fourth, 22sec adrift.

Defending Tour champion Alberto Contador was in sixth spot, the Astana rider 27sec back.

Sunday’s first stage proper is a 224km ride from Rotterdam into Belgium’s Brussels.

Said Hunter afterwards: “The last guys had the best roads — all dry. They gambled and it paid off!! It was good to see a lot of SA flags out there!!!!! Really cool!”

Mark Etheridge