Robbie Hunter (cyclist)

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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]

Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter - troisième étape du Tour de Romandie 2010 (cropped).jpg
Hunter at the 2010 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full nameRobert Hunter
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 teamEF Education–Nippo
RoleRider (retired)
Directeur sportif
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
2011Team RadioShack
Managerial team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 TTT (2012)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1999, 2001)

One-Day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2000)
National Road Race Championships (2012)


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 lifeEdit

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

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit


Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1
1st   Sprints classification
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stages 3 & 4
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 Stage 1 Tour de Pologne
2nd Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5
2nd Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
5th Overall Three Days of De Panne
6th Gent–Wevelgem
4th Tour de Picardie
1st   Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stages 3 & 5
Tour de Suisse
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Stage 4 Sachsen-Tour
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
4th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st   Overall Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st Stage 2
1st   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
10th Grand Prix Pino Cerami
10th Milan–San Remo
1st Stage 4 GP CTT Correios de Portugal
1st Cape Argus Cycle Tour
8th Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st Stage 3 Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
1st Stages 1 & 2 Vuelta a Murcia
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   Road race
4th Time trial
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
1st Overall Mzansi Tour
1st Stage 2
8th Trofeo Platja de Muro

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Giro d'Italia 154 DNF DNF 141
  Tour de France DNF 97 DNF DNF DNF 118 106 DNF DNF
  Vuelta a España 72 118 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b c d "Robert Hunter at Garmin-Sharp". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. 28 December 2012. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Unveils 2013 Roster". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. 28 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  3. ^ Jean-Francois Quenet (28 November 2003). "An interview with Robert Hunter: Refocusing after a bad hunting season". Cycling News.
  4. ^ Kevin McCallum (4 July 2008). "Hunter's baby wins the sprint". Independent Online.
  5. ^ Staff writer (16 September 2013). "Hunter to retire after 16-year career". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  6. ^ Andrew Hood (7 October 2013). "Retirements sweeping cycling world". Future plc. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  7. ^ Benson, Daniel (6 November 2015). "Hunter leaves Cannondale Garmin to pursue new projects". Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Robert Hunter at Cycling Base". Cycling Base. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Robert Hunter at Cycling Archives". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 7 March 2013.

External linksEdit