Hunter scores for Garmin-Transitions

Bunch sprint finale for Murcia stage 1

Robbie Hunter (Garmin - Transitions) sprinted to victory in the Tour of Murcia's opening stage today, taking his first win of the season and the US ProTour team's first on European soil. The 32-year-old South African bested Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Vicente Reynes (HTC - Columbia) at the finish in San Pedro del Pinatar, denying Brown the opportunity to win Murcia's first stage for the third consecutive year.

Garmin - Transitions was also active from the stage start as the break of the day was initiated by Hunter's teammate Danny Pate and Frenchman Alexandre Blain (Endura Racing) after 11km of racing. The duo were soon joined by Rubén Reig (Caja Rural) and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and the four escapees found themselves 5:15 ahead of the field after 26 kilometres.

That would prove to be the quartet's largest advantage as the peloton chipped away at their lead, ultimately absorbing them inside of 20 kilometres to the finish following 135km of freedom.

Blain claimed the intermediate sprint jersey along the way, a big achievement for the British team. "I decided with the wind and the climbs today that I would go on the attack. I wanted the Meta Volantes jersey and I took that today. I am pleased, it shows that we are not just here for show but that we came to race. This is good for the Endura Racing Team. I am very pleased."

The teams of the sprinters kept the tempo high into San Pedro del Pinatar, particularly Team Milram and Rabobank, and their efforts split the peloton. Milram's and Rabobank's respective sprinters, Roger Kluge and Graeme Brown, however would be out-kicked at the finish line by Robbie Hunter (Garmin - Transitions).

"Over the last climb of the day the field started to split and the speed was really high," said Garmin - Transitions director Johnny Weltz. "The break was caught with 20 km to go. In the cross wind the field split into several groups but we had our key hitters up there: [David] Zabriskie, Robbie [Hunter] and Danny [Pate].

"As we approached the finish more people got dropped in the cross wind and the reduced group was a perfect scenario for us where Robbie rounded up the day with a clear victory!"

All of the general classification favourites such as defending champion Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Team RadioShack's Lance Armstrong and Andreas Klöden, Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) arrived at the finish in the 55-rider strong lead group. The one notable absence was sprinter Theo Bos (Cervélo Test Team) who was expected to vie for stage honours, but the Dutchman missed the split and finished 1:08 behind Hunter.

With the stage victory, Hunter also assumed the first leader's jersey at the Tour of Murcia.

The peloton faces a more challenging stage two tomorrow as they race 169.8km from Calasparra to Caravaca de la Cruz. The category 1 Alto de San Juan will be tackled twice, although the field will have 40km of downhill and flat ground after the second crossing to regroup by the finish line.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions4:15:40 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
4Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
5Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack  
6Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
7Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
8Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky  
9Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
10Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing  
11Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
12Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team  
13Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team  
14Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
15Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
16Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing  
17Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team  
18Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
19John Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Sky  
20Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
22Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky  
23Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus) Russian National Team  
24Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky  
25Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
26Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
27Artur Ershow (Rus) Russian National Team  
28José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
29Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
30Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
31Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
32Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
33Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
34Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
35Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
36Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
37Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
38Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
39Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
40Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
41Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana  
42Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
43Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
44Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural  
45Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
46Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
47Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
48Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural  
49Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram  
50David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
51José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
52Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp  
53Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
54Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack  
55Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
56Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team0:00:38 
57Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo Test Team  
58Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing  
59Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
60Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
61Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Spanish National Team  
62Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky  
63Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
64Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing0:00:58 
65Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:04 
66Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team0:01:08 
67Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram0:01:52 
68Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:02:48 
69Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
70Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
71Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
72Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team  
73Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
74Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
75Erik Mohs (Ger) German National Team  
76Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
77Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
78Antonio Cabello (Spa) Spanish National Team0:07:46 
79Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp  
80Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
81Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
82James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing  
83Ross Creber (GBr) Endura Racing  
84José Carlos Lara (Spa) Spanish National Team  
85Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
86Adan Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
87Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural  
88Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
89Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
90Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
91Lukasz Bodnart (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
92Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team  
93Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team  
94Stefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team  
95Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team  
96Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team  
97Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team  
98David Calatayud (Spa) Spanish National Team  
99Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana  
100Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
101Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Russian National Team  
102Alexander Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team  
103Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Russian National Team  
104Joao Correia (Por) Cervélo Test Team  
105Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
106Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
107Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
108Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Spanish National Team0:08:35 
109Tomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:09:06 
DNFHuub Duyn (Ned) Team Netapp  
DNFStephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
Sprint 1 - Cartagena
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing3 pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Mountain 1 - Alto de la Cuesta (3ª categoría)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 pts
2Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing2 
3Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Mountain 2 - Alto de Cedacero (3ª categoría)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 pts
2Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions2 
3Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Mountain 3 - Alto de Portmán (3ª categoría)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 pts
2Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural2 
3Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions25 pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank20 
3Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia16 
4Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram14 
5Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack12 
6Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice10 
7Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
8Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky8 
9Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp7 
10Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing6 
11Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana5 
12Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team4 
13Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team3 
14Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram2 
15Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram1 
Points - Cartagena
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing3 pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12:47:00 
2Team Sky  
3Team Milram  
4Russian National team  
5Astana  
6Team HTC - Columbia  
7Rabobank  
8Team Radioshack  
9Garmin - Transitions  
10Caja Rural  
11Endura Racing0:00:38 
12Team Netapp  
13Cervélo Test Team0:02:20 
14CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:48 
15Spanish National Team0:08:24 
16German National Team0:18:20 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions4:15:40 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
4Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
5Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack  
6Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
7Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
8Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky  
9Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
10Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing  
11Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
12Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team  
13Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team  
14Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
15Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
16Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing  
17Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team  
18Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
19John Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Sky  
20Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
22Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky  
23Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus) Russian National Team  
24Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky  
25Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
26Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
27Artur Ershow (Rus) Russian National Team  
28José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
29Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
30Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
31Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
32Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
33Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
34Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
35Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
36Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
37Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
38Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
39Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
40Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
41Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana  
42Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
43Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
44Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural  
45Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
46Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
47Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
48Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural  
49Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram  
50David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
51José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
52Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp  
53Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
54Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack  
55Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
56Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team0:00:38 
57Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo Test Team  
58Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing  
59Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp  
60Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
61Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Spanish National Team  
62Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky  
63Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
64Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing0:00:58 
65Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:04 
66Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team0:01:08 
67Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram0:01:52 
68Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:02:48 
69Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
70Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
71Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
72Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team  
73Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
74Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
75Erik Mohs (Ger) German National Team  
76Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
77Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
78Antonio Cabello (Spa) Spanish National Team0:07:46 
79Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp  
80Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
81Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
82James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing  
83Ross Creber (GBr) Endura Racing  
84José Carlos Lara (Spa) Spanish National Team  
85Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
86Adan Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
87Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural  
88Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
89Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
90Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
91Lukasz Bodnart (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
92Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team  
93Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team  
94Stefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team  
95Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team  
96Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team  
97Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team  
98David Calatayud (Spa) Spanish National Team  
99Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana  
100Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
101Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Russian National Team  
102Alexander Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team  
103Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Russian National Team  
104Joao Correia (Por) Cervélo Test Team  
105Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
106Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
107Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
108Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Spanish National Team0:08:35 
109Tomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:09:06 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing3 pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 pts
2Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural4 
3Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions3 
4Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing2 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions25 pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank20 
3Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia16 
4Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram14 
5Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack12 
6Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice10 
7Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
8Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky8 
9Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp7 
10Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing6 
11Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana5 
12Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team4 
13Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing3 
14Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team3 
15Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram2 
16Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
17Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram1 
18Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12:47:00 
2Team Sky  
3Team Milram  
4Russian National team  
5Astana  
6Team HTC - Columbia  
7Rabobank  
8Team Radioshack  
9Garmin - Transitions  
10Caja Rural  
11Endura Racing0:00:38 
12Team Netapp  
13Cervélo Test Team0:02:20 
14CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:48 
15Spanish National Team0:08:24 
16German National Team0:18:20 

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