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Triumphant Hunter switches focus to Giro d’Italia

Veteran cyclist Robert Hunter has set his sights on a solid performance at the Giro d’Italia, after winning the inaugural Mzansi Tour at the weekend.

Hunter, who rides for UCI ProTour team Garmin-Sharp, faces a gruelling challenge when he lines up against 207 riders who have been confirmed for the three-week stage race which starts in Napoli on May 4, reports Sapa.

ÔÇ£My next challenge is the Tour of Italy which is a little bit harder than the Mzansi Tour,ÔÇØ Hunter said.

ÔÇ£I’m aiming for good results, but for now I’m back to Switzerland for a week and then head out to Italy.”

A former stage winner at the Tour de France, Hunter claimed the yellow, green and African rider jerseys after concluding the five-day stage race at Montecasino on Sunday.

ÔÇ£The Mzansi Tour turned out to be a brilliant event and I’m happy with how things have gone,ÔÇØ he said.

Racing for the SA National Team, Hunter dominated the tour after winning the second stage, a 189km ride from Lydenburg to Middelburg, where he opened a gap of nearly six minutes over Frenchman Julien Antomarchi.

He remained unchallenged for the remainder of the race and was able to retain his overall lead.

ÔÇ£From stage three, there was a lot of pressure on us to try and protect the yellow jersey. We had a young team and I’m happy with how they’ve performed. They’ve been brilliant.

ÔÇ£It was a fight till the end and we prevailed.ÔÇØ


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