Hunter returns to Garmin-Cervélo

RadioShack's Robert Hunter has confirmed that he will return to his former Garmin-Cervélo team having signed a two-year contract that will expire at the end of the 2013 season. The South African says he and American sprinter Tyler Farrar have mutually agreed to work together during the sprints next year.

"I will be back with Garmin-Cervélo next year and the year after," Hunter told Cyclingnews. "I have signed a two-year contract with the team. I am very happy with my decision. I think I will be racing a bit of everything from the stage races to the one-day races. One of the main reasons why I went back to the team was to work with Tyler again."

Hunter has enjoyed a lengthy career as one of the top sprinters in the world having won stages of the Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Tour of Langkawi and Tour de Suisse. He has raced for Lampre, Mapei, Rabobank, Phonak and Barloworld, and was a part of the Garmin squad during the 2010 season.

Last year’s merger of two powerhouse squads Garmin-Transitions and Cervélo Test Team caused him to feel uneasy about how he would fit into a team that housed several dominant sprinters. He left for the Pegasus team, and following its demise joined RadioShack for the 2011 season, where he believed his opportunity to be the lead sprinter was greater.

"Tyler and I worked well together before," Hunter said. "But, I felt that last year with the whole infusion of the two teams there wasn't enough opportunity for me and that is why I decided to leave."

Hunter is confident that he will have a place in the sprints during some of the Grand Tour stages and one-day races during the next two seasons.

"Now, there are a lot of guys leaving the team this year, Julian Dean and others," he said. "I spoke with Tyler and we both feel that this is a good time to come back to the team and for us to work together for the coming future."

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.