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Solid TDF start for Hunter
- Updated: July 4, 2010
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.┬á 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!”