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Hunter’s top 10 finish

Robbie Hunter ended ninth overall in the Tour Down Under that ended in Australia Sunday.

The South African finished in the main bunch of the final 90-kilometre ride in Adelaide, as Germany’s Andre Greipel placed fifth on the stage to repeat his 2008 victory.

Greipel crashed out of last year’s race and missed fourth months due to shoulder surgery.

The HTC-Columbia rider finished the six-stage race in an overall time of 18hr 47min 05sec with Garmin-Transitions’ Hunter just 26sec adrift.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong placed 25th overall, 1:03 down, with South African teammate Daryl Impey in 31st, 1:49 adrift.

The RadioShack team ended 13th in the team category with Hunter’s outfit 16th.

Hunter was a happy man afterwards. “It was a good hard and fast day in Adelaide with so many peopel watching In both sprints I managed to get 4secs to put me back in top 10. The team’s happy. Going to be a good year. Next up is a training camp in Spain,” he told the Twitter network.