Robert Hunter: The Lone African in the 2010 Tour de France


Robert Hunter is a South African professional road cyclist, for UCI ProTour team ‘Garmin-Transitions’. He is the only African who took part in the most popular cycling competition in the world, the Tour de France in 2010. In 2001 Hunter became the first South African to compete in the Tour de France. In 2006 he rode for the Phonak Hearing Systems team on the UCI ProTour, but after their disbandment he signed for UCI Continental Circuits side ‘Barloworld’ for 2007. His achievements include winning stages at the 1999 and 2001 Vuelta a España. He also won Stage 11 of the 2007 Tour de France (the first stage win by a rider from South Africa and Africa) as well as the overall title at the 2004 Tour of Qatar; the sprint classification at the 2004 Tour de Suisse (Switzerland); multiple Stage wins at Tour of Murcia in South Eastern Spain in March 2010 etc.

He has been awarded the Cyclist of the Year Award in South Africa five times between 2001 and 2007. During the 2010 Tour de France, Robert Hunter crashed during Stage 10 and broke his arm. He then abandoned the competition in disappointment. He is a known name in the cycling world. Hopefully more Africans will join him to wave the flags of Africa.