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Hunter sprints to victory in Mumbai

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Viviani just misses out on Indian double

Robbie Hunter of Team RadioShack won the mass sprint of the second race in the Tour of Mumbai series. Elia Viviani (Liquigas), who won the first race two days earlier, was second, with Jonathon McEvoy of Team Motorpoint third.

"Robbie McEwen flatted with about three kilometers to go," explained Hunter. "It was impossible for him to get a wheel or a bike change and come back for the sprint, that's why I had to do the sprint.

"I put myself on the wheel of Viviani. There was a strong head wind and with only 200 metres to go Viviani was still waiting and waiting. So I headed out. Maybe Viviani judged the head wind really wrong. He reacted when I went, but he came too late. I am happy to offer the victory to the team. We won't complain about our start of the season.

The race was scheduled to be 12 laps of a circuit course for a total of 104 km, but it was shortened to 11 laps and 79 km, after being delayed for over an hour and a half due to amateur riders and photographers on the course.

A rider from the Kazakhstan national team led with one lap to go, but the peloton caught him near the end of the race.

"It was harder than expected," said RadioShack team director Alain Gallopin. "We planned to put one of our riders in a breakaway, but that didn't work. Finally there was a long breakaway of nine riders with none of our riders, so we had to chase.

"With five riders at the start, and saving McEwen and Hunter for the sprint, we had to do the chasing job with only three riders. Liquigas helped with three riders too, but all other teams refused to help. We only brought back the last guy with 5K to go. Bad luck for Robbie McEwen again. His flat tyre was our only flat tyre of the day, but it came again at the wrong moment."

McEwen, who finished second in the first race on a bike borrowed from a teammate after puncturing, endured more misfortune on Sunday when he looked poised to make amends. "This time it was over, " said McEwen, according to Sporza. "Fortunately Hunter won a clever sprint."

"I had to lead out the sprint for Robbie McEwen as he was second in the first race and there were overall points up for grabs in the points classification with nice prize money," said Hunter. "Robbie really wanted to win the first race and with his flat tyre it didn't work out.

"Today it was the same story, so he will start in his next race with a real big motivation. It's just a question of time. McEwen's next race will be the Tour of Sardinia. I will start in the Ruta del Sol and Paris-Nice," he said.

The Tour of Mumbai is a series of two one-day races, with no overall  classification.  Viviani won the “most consistent rider” jersey and award, after finishing first and second.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Radioshack 1:47:07  
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
3 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint    
4 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing    
5 Ian Bibby (GBr) Motorpoint    
6 Malcolm Lange (RSA) Team Bonitas    
7 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman    
8 Tyler Day (RSA) Team Bonitas    
9 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
10 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1    
11 Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1    
12 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Motorpoint    
13 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1    
14 Andrea Grendene (Ita) Team Type 1    
15 Pete Williams (GBr) Motorpoint    
16 Kane Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
17 Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Champion System    
18 Periklis Ilias (Gre) SP Tableware    
19 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
20 Johann Rabie (RSA) Team Bonitas    
21 Christoph Springer (Ger) SP Tableware    
22 Florian Bissinger (Ger) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer    
23 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
24 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System    
25 Jason Rigg (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
26 Mohammad Zangi Abadi (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman    
27 Andrew Magnier (GBr) Motorpoint    
28 Lars Pria (Rom) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer    
29 Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware    
30 Nara Motoi (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team    
31 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System    
32 Christopher Williams (Aus) Champion System    
33 Mikhail Kochetkov (Kaz)    
34 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Endura Racing    
35 Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz)    
36 Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
37 Ivan Sivash (Kaz) 0:00:10  
38 Seyed Moezeddin Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman    
39 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb)    
40 Thomas Hasibeder (Aut) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer    
41 Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb)    
42 Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack    
43 Christoph Täubel (Aut) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer    
44 Yusuf Abrekov (Uzb)    
45 Man Chau Wai (HKg) Champion System    
46 Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
47 Magkoyras Neofytos Sakellaridis (Gre) SP Tableware    
48 Saeed Nateghi (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman    
49 Joris Boillat (Swi) Champion System    
50 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz)    
51 Guillaume Pont (Fra) SP Tableware 0:00:17  
52 Evan Oliphant Endura Racing 0:00:22  
53 Ali Salman (Brn)    
54 Rajesh Chandrasekar (Ind)    
55 Atul Kumar (Ind)    
56 Joe Eldridge (USA) Team Type 1    
57 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1    
58 Gorbachev Gorbachev Gleb (Uzb)    
59 Mark O'Brien (Aus) SP Tableware    
60 Gabriel Combrinck (RSA) Team Bonitas    
61 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:28  
62 Muradjan Khalmuratov (Uzb)    
63 Jalil Eslami (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman 0:00:30  
64 James Sampson (GBr) Motorpoint    
65 Callum Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing    
66 Amin Eslampour (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman    
67 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
68 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
69 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz)    
70 Neil Mcdonald (RSA) Team Bonitas 0:00:42  
71 James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing 0:00:47  
72 Tim Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
73 Robert Hayles (GBr) Endura Racing    
74 Husain Al Basri (Brn) 0:03:54  
75 Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:03:55