Robert Hunter (cyclist)

Robert Hunter

Hunter at the 2010 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full name Robert Hunter
Nickname Robbie[1]
Born (1977-04-22) 22 April 1977
Johannesburg, Gauteng,
South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Cannondale–Drapac
Discipline Road
Role Rider (retired)
Directeur sportif
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1999–2001 Lampre–Daikin
2002 Mapei–Quick-Step
2003–2004 Rabobank
2005–2006 Phonak
2007–2009 Barloworld
2010 Garmin–Transitions
2011 Team RadioShack
2012–2013 Garmin–Barracuda
Managerial team(s)
2014–2015 Garmin–Sharp
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 TTT (2012)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (1999, 2001)

One-Day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2000)
National Road Race Championships (2012)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014

Robert "Robbie" Hunter (born 22 April 1977) is a retired South African professional road racing cyclist who competed professionally between 1999 and 2013. Hunter competed with UCI ProTeam Garmin–Sharp during his final professional season.[1][2]


Hunter became the first South African to compete in the Tour de France, when he did so in 2001.[3] In 2006, Hunter rode for Phonak in 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 Españas, the 2007 Tour de France, and the overall title at the 2004 Tour of Qatar, as well as the points classification at the 2004 Tour de Suisse.

In 2007, Hunter returned to the Tour de France as team captain of Barloworld. Hunter subsequently won sprint stage 11, which was the first stage won by a South African.

In 2008, Hunter was allowed by the Tour de France's doping controllers to fly to Switzerland on 4 July, the day before the start, to be at his wife Claudia's side for the birth of his daughter, Mandy Inga Hunter.[4]

Following the 2013 season, Hunter announced his retirement from professional cycling.[5][6] Hunter was a directeur sportif for Garmin–Sharp in 2014 and 2015. In November 2015 he announced that he was leaving the team in order to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his role as a rider agent for a number of African cyclists, including Louis Meintjes.[7]

Personal life

Hunter resides in Arth, Schwyz, Switzerland.[1]

Career achievements

Major results


1st, Stage 1, Vuelta a España
1st, National Time Trial Championships
2nd, Overall, Ronde van Nederland
1st, Stages 3 & 4
3rd, Overall, Four Days of Dunkirk
3rd, Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
1st, Tour de Rijke
1st, Stage 17, Vuelta a España
9th, Overall, Ronde van Nederland
1st, Stage 1, Tour de Pologne
2nd, Overall, Tour de Langkawi
1st, Points classification
1st, Stages 1, 2 & 5
2nd, Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
5th, Overall, Three Days of De Panne
6th, Gent–Wevelgem
4th, Tour de Picardie
Tour de Suisse
1st, Points classification
1st, Stages 3 & 5
1st, Overall, Tour of Qatar
1st, Stages 3 & 5
1st, Stage 4, Sachsen-Tour
1st, Stage 1 (TTT), Volta a Catalunya
1st, Stage 1 Tour de Georgia
1st, Stage 4, Setmana Catalana
1st, Stage 5, Tour Méditerranéen
8th, Trofeo Luis Puig
4th, Overall, Tour of Qatar
1st, Overall, Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st, Stage 2
1st, Overall, Tour de Picardie
1st, Stage 1
1st, Stage 2, Clasica Alcobendas
1st Stage 5, Giro del Capo
1st, Stage 11, Tour de France
3rd, Coppa Bernocchi
10th, Grand Prix Pino Cerami
10th, Milan-San Remo
1st, Stage 4, GP CTT Correios de Portugal
1st, Cape Argus Cycle Tour
8th, Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st, Stage 3, Giro del Trentino
1st, Stage 4, Tour Méditerranéen
3rd, Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
1st, Stages, 1 & 2, Tour of Murcia
9th, Overall, Tour Down Under
1st, Mumbai Cyclothon II
1st, Stage 1, Österreich Rundfahrt
4th, Mumbai Cyclothon I
7th, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, National Road Race Championships
1st, Stage 2 (TTT), Tour of Qatar
1st, Stage 4 (TTT), Giro d'Italia
4th, National Time Trial Championships
8th, Trofeo Platja de Muro

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 154 WD WD 141
Yellow jersey Tour WD 97 WD WD WD 118 106 WD WD
golden jersey Vuelta 72 118 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Robert Hunter at Garmin-Sharp". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. "Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Unveils 2013 Roster". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  3. Jean-Francois Quenet (28 November 2003). "An interview with Robert Hunter: Refocusing after a bad hunting season". Cycling News.
  4. Kevin McCallum (4 July 2008). "Hunter's baby wins the sprint". Independent Online.
  5. Staff writer (16 September 2013). "Hunter to retire after 16-year career". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  6. Andrew Hood (7 October 2013). "Retirements sweeping cycling world". Future plc. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  7. Benson, Daniel (6 November 2015). "Hunter leaves Cannondale Garmin to pursue new projects". Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  8. "Robert Hunter at Cycling Base". Cycling Base. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  9. "Robert Hunter at Cycling Archives". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
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