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Hunter's final prep for Worlds

Hunter is the first South African

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Barloworld's team captain, Robert Hunter, is looking for a winning sprint in Misano Sitsou in has last test for the Worlds. The squad will use the last weekend of racing before the World Road Race Championships in Germany and head to Italy for some intense racing. Hunter has had a good year, being the first South African to ever win a stage in the Tour de France.

On Saturday September 22 a team will ride the Memorial Viviana Manservisi (formerly known as the Misano-Adriatico race), then on Sunday September 23 a different team will ride the GP Industria e Commercio di Prato in Tuscany.

Team director Alberto Volpi will have a strong team of sprinters in the "Memorial Viviana Manservisi" race with Giosuè Bonomi, Diego Caccia, Gianpaolo Cheula, Enrico Degano, Fabrizio Guidi, Paolo Longo Borghini, James Perry and Robert Hunter wearing the red and white Team Barloworld colours. Hunter is hoping for a win before heading to Germany for the World Championships where he will ride for South Africa.

On Sunday Valerio Tebaldi will direct a young team containing this year's stagiaires Ben Swift of Britain and Ramiro Rincon of Colombia. Swift is clearly on form after winning the climber's jersey at the recent Tour of Britain and will join Diego Caccia, Gianpaolo Cheula, Alex Efimkin, Paolo Longo Borghini, James Perry and Kastantsin Siutsou in the Team Barloworld line-up. Siutsou will be the leader of the Belarus team at the World Championships in Stuttgart.

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