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Hunter out of TDF
- Updated: July 7, 2012
South Africa’s former Olympian cyclist Robbie Hunter has been forced to pull out of the 99th Tour de France after a series of accidents in the opening week.
Hunter, reports Sport24, confirmed his withdrawal via Twitter: Might as well hear it from me.I couldn’t start, got stress fractures in a vertebrae & its progressively gotten worse.Hugely disappointed!!!
Been trying to ride through the pain but woke up this am & I’m battling to walk never mind ride.at this point I gotta worry about my health!
Hunter, riding for the Garmin team, did not sign in for the start of Stage 7, a 199km ride across the Vosges mountains that will end with the first of the race’s three summit finishes.
Stage Six saw a number of riders fall victim to a crash 26km from the end, including reigning Giro d’Italia winner and Hunter’s team-mate.
As a result, only 182 of the 198 entrants started Stage Seven.