Robbie Hunter is a new but veteran addition to the Argyle Armada for 2010. The seasoned sprinter brings experience as well as speed to the team, making for a fast one-two punch with teammate Tyler Farrar. We spoke with the South African right after he notched his first sprint win of 2010 and the first European win for the team this season at the Vuelta a Murcia.
How did the stage unfold?
It was a lot of crosswinds the last 25 km so the bunch was broken up quite a bit. The riding was hard to keep the guys in the lead group. In the end I was stuck on the wheel of Graeme Brown and didn’t have teammates there, so I decided to follow him around. He hit out with 250 meters to go and I hit out at 100 to go and was feeling good. It was an interesting race because it was pretty easy most of the day with two teams riding the front. Then we turned left and it was chaos. All of a sudden it was cross winds and you have to stay in front to stay with the splits.
It was good to have Danny up there we didn’t have to do much work most of the day, him being up the road worked in our favor.
Are you going to defend the jersey tomorrow?
To be honest if the choice is left up to me I don’t think we should because tomorrow is a hard day and I don’t want to extend myself too much. My chances of getting to the finish are 50/50, so there are probably better days to get results.
How is it going with the new team?
I’m really happy. So far this year the team has been great. Oman and Australia were really good prep for the season. Back home in Switzerland the weather after Oman has actually been really good. Not quite as good as Spain, but I’ve gotten in good training. I’ve done a number of different races with different guys and had a good winter, so my condition is good. It’s nice to be rewarded for a lot of hard work. Im happy to open up the season for Garmin-Transitions and show I am here to win races for them this year.
What are your goals for the year?
Im doing a similar program to what Tyler is doing. I was brought on board to help in the sprints — he being a great up-and-coming sprinter — so we will ride a lot together. We both have big ambitions to do well now and through the Classics. The next big thing is Tirreno-Adriatico, so we are really pumped up to do well there and then Milano-San Remo.
What’s the difference being on Garmin-Transitions?
It’s good to be on a team that is really organized. I can pick ahead of time goals for the season because we have the whole season planned. Being on such a big team means knowing which races we are going to unlike on a smaller team. We can start any race we want so you can pick yourself some big objectives.
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