Robbie Hunter lay in 42nd spot going into Tuesday’s third stage of the Tour of Oman.
Riding for Team Garmin-Transitions, the South African finished in 14th spot in the second stage.
The stage was a 148.5 kilometre ride between the towns of Nizwa and Samail, and won by Italian Daniele Bennati. The Liquigas-Doimo rider clocked 3hr 33min 03sec for the stage with temperatures rising to 30 degrees Celcius.
There were was no one team that could dominate the final sprint stages with Hunter’s team, Saxo Bank, Team Sky and Liquigas-Doimo all trying to stamp their authority.
Hunter and a large group were all credited with the same time as the stage winner.
Hunter now lies 42nd in the General Classification standings while his team is third behind Team Saxo Bank and Cervelo Test Team.
Said Hunter on his Twitter feed: “So two stages down and both have been a mess for me! I’m feeling good — just need to get it together. The weather here is amazing and there are plenty of crowds!! Good to see.”