Hunter sprints to victory in Mumbai

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Hunter (RSA) Team Radioshack1:47:07
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) MotorpointRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Ian Bibby (GBr) MotorpointRow 4 - Cell 2
6Malcolm Lange (RSA) Team BonitasRow 5 - Cell 2
7Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Vali ASR KermanRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tyler Day (RSA) Team BonitasRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1Row 9 - Cell 2
11Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1Row 10 - Cell 2
12Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) MotorpointRow 11 - Cell 2
13Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1Row 12 - Cell 2
14Andrea Grendene (Ita) Team Type 1Row 13 - Cell 2
15Pete Williams (GBr) MotorpointRow 14 - Cell 2
16Kane Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 15 - Cell 2
17Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Champion SystemRow 16 - Cell 2
18Periklis Ilias (Gre) SP TablewareRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Johann Rabie (RSA) Team BonitasRow 19 - Cell 2
21Christoph Springer (Ger) SP TablewareRow 20 - Cell 2
22Florian Bissinger (Ger) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - OberndorferRow 21 - Cell 2
23Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion SystemRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jason Rigg (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 24 - Cell 2
26Mohammad Zangi Abadi (IRI) Vali ASR KermanRow 25 - Cell 2
27Andrew Magnier (GBr) MotorpointRow 26 - Cell 2
28Lars Pria (Rom) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - OberndorferRow 27 - Cell 2
29Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP TablewareRow 28 - Cell 2
30Nara Motoi (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion SystemRow 30 - Cell 2
32Christopher Williams (Aus) Champion SystemRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mikhail Kochetkov (Kaz)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Scott Thwaites (GBr) Endura RacingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ivan Sivash (Kaz)0:00:10
38Seyed Moezeddin Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Vali ASR KermanRow 37 - Cell 2
39Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Thomas Hasibeder (Aut) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - OberndorferRow 39 - Cell 2
41Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioshackRow 41 - Cell 2
43Christoph Täubel (Aut) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss - OberndorferRow 42 - Cell 2
44Yusuf Abrekov (Uzb)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Man Chau Wai (HKg) Champion SystemRow 44 - Cell 2
46Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Magkoyras Neofytos Sakellaridis (Gre) SP TablewareRow 46 - Cell 2
48Saeed Nateghi (IRI) Vali ASR KermanRow 47 - Cell 2
49Joris Boillat (Swi) Champion SystemRow 48 - Cell 2
50Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Guillaume Pont (Fra) SP Tableware0:00:17
52Evan Oliphant Endura Racing0:00:22
53Ali Salman (Brn)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Rajesh Chandrasekar (Ind)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Atul Kumar (Ind)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Joe Eldridge (USA) Team Type 1Row 55 - Cell 2
57Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1Row 56 - Cell 2
58Gorbachev Gorbachev Gleb (Uzb)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Mark O'Brien (Aus) SP TablewareRow 58 - Cell 2
60Gabriel Combrinck (RSA) Team BonitasRow 59 - Cell 2
61Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:28
62Muradjan Khalmuratov (Uzb)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Jalil Eslami (IRI) Vali ASR Kerman0:00:30
64James Sampson (GBr) MotorpointRow 63 - Cell 2
65Callum Wilkinson (GBr) Endura RacingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Amin Eslampour (IRI) Vali ASR KermanRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 66 - Cell 2
68Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Neil Mcdonald (RSA) Team Bonitas0:00:42
71James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing0:00:47
72Tim Walker (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 71 - Cell 2
73Robert Hayles (GBr) Endura RacingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Husain Al Basri (Brn)0:03:54
75Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:03:55

 

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