Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Hunter sprints to win in Spain!
Spain — It didn’t take the Garmin-Transitions team’s newly signed sprinter Robbie Hunter long to make a splash. The 32-year-old South African delivered a big win to the team Wednesday, rocketing to victory at the opening stage of the Tour of Murcia on his Felt F1 SL team bike.

Hunter, acquired in the off-season to boost the team’s finishing power, and to give American Tyler Farrar another strong lead-out man, beat Australian Graeme Brown at the line to win the 166.5-kilometer in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain.

Another Garmin-Transition rider, American Danny Pate, played a key role in Wednesday’s stage, leading a four-man break that built a lead of more than 5 minutes. Pate and the others were finally caught with about 20km to go, leaving Hunter to sprint for the win, the team’s first in Europe this year.

The 30th Tour of Murcia continues Thursday with a 154km stage from Calasparra to Caravaca.

Spain. March 3-7

Stage 1
1. Robbie Hunter (RSA), Garmin-Transitions, 4:15:40
2. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, same time
3. Vicente Reynes (Spa), HTC-Columbia, same time
4. Roger Kluge (Ger), Milram, same time
5. Daryl Impey (RSA), Radio Shack, same time