Robbie Hunter (cyclist)

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Robert Hunter
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Hunter at the 2010 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full nameRobert Hunter
NicknameRobbie [1]
Born (1977-04-22) 22 April 1977 (age 44)
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team EF Education–Nippo
RoleRider (retired)
Directeur sportif
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
1999–2001 Lampre–Daikin
2002 Mapei–Quick-Step
2003–2004 Rabobank
2005–2006 Phonak
2007–2009 Barloworld
2010 Garmin–Transitions
2011 Team RadioShack
2012–2013 Garmin–Barracuda
Managerial team
2014–2015 Garmin–Sharp
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2012)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1999, 2001)

One-Day races and Classics

African Time Trial Championships (2006)
National Time Trial Championships (2000)
National Road Race Championships (2012)
Medal record
Men's road cycling
Representing Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
African Road Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2006 Port Louis Time trial
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2006 Port Louis Road race

Robert "Robbie" Hunter (born 22 April 1977) is a retired South African professional road racing cyclist who competed professionally between 1999 and 2013. Hunter competed with UCI ProTeam Garmin–Sharp during his final professional season. [1] [2]



Hunter became the first South African to compete in the Tour de France, when he did so in 2001. [3] In 2006, Hunter rode for Phonak in the UCI ProTour, but after their disbandment he signed for UCI Continental Circuits side Barloworld for 2007. His achievements include winning stages at the 1999 and 2001 Vuelta a Españas, the 2007 Tour de France, and the overall title at the 2004 Tour of Qatar, as well as the points classification at the 2004 Tour de Suisse.

In 2007, Hunter returned to the Tour de France as team captain of Barloworld. Hunter subsequently won sprint stage 11, which was the first stage won by a South African.

In 2008, Hunter was allowed by the Tour de France's doping controllers to fly to Switzerland on 4 July, the day before the start, to be at his wife Claudia's side for the birth of his daughter, Mandy Inga Hunter. [4]

Following the 2013 season, Hunter announced his retirement from professional cycling. [5] [6] Hunter was a directeur sportif for Garmin–Sharp in 2014 and 2015. In November 2015 he announced that he was leaving the team in order to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his role as a rider agent for a number of African cyclists, including Louis Meintjes. [7]

Hunter worked as the video assistant commissaire at the 2018 Tour de France.

Personal life

Hunter resides in Arth, Schwyz, Switzerland. [1]

Career achievements

Major results

Sources: [1] [8] [9]

Vuelta a España
1st Jersey blue.svg Sprints classification
1st Stage 1
1st MaillotSudafrica.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
2nd EnBW Grand Prix (with Oscar Camenzind)
3rd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
3rd Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
1st Tour de Rijke
1st Stage 17 Vuelta a España
9th Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 1 Tour de Pologne
2nd Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 2 & 5
2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
5th Overall Three Days of De Panne
6th Gent–Wevelgem
7th Road race, Commonwealth Games
4th Tour de Picardie
10th Trofeo Cala Millor
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stages 3 & 5
Tour de Suisse
1st Stages 3 & 5
Uniqa Classic
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 4b Sachsen-Tour
5th International Grand Prix Doha
1st International Grand Prix Doha
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 1 Tour de Georgia
1st Stage 4 Setmana Catalana
1st Stage 5 Tour Méditerranéen
8th Trofeo Luis Puig
African Road Championships
1st African Continental Champion Jersey.png Time trial
3rd Bronze medal africa.svg Road race
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey green 2.svg Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 11 Tour de France
1st Stage 2 Clasica Alcobendas
1st Stage 5 Giro del Capo
3rd Coppa Bernocchi
4th Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
10th Milan–San Remo
10th Grand Prix Pino Cerami
1st Stage 4 GP CTT Correios de Portugal
1st Cape Argus Cycle Tour
4th Memorial Viviana Manservisi
8th Overall Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st Stage 3 Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
9th Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stages 1 & 2
9th Overall Tour Down Under
1st Mumbai Cyclothon II
1st Stage 1 Tour of Austria
4th Mumbai Cyclothon I
7th Grand Prix de Denain
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSudafrica.PNG Road race
4th Time trial
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour of Qatar
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Mzansi Tour
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
8th Trofeo Platja de Muro

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 154 DNF DNF 141
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF 97 DNF DNF DNF 118 106 DNF DNF
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 72 118 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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