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Hunter 10th Down Under

Robbie Hunter lies 10th overall after the third stage of the Tour Down Under in Australia Thursday.

The 132.5km stage between Unley and Stirling was won by Portugal’s Manuel Cardoso (Footon Servetto) who outpaced some big names, including Alejandro Valverde and Cadel Evans.

Germany’s Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) still leads the general classifications with a time of 9hr 53min 38sec. And Hunter lies a scant 20sec off the pace, along with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of Team Radioshack.

In the team standings Garmin-Transitions are fifth but right on the heels of the leading Footon-Servetto-Fuji side while Team RadioShack are in 10th spot.

Armstrong’s South African teammate, Daryl Impey is 40th in the general classification, 45 seconds adrift.

Hunter said after the stage: “Damn it was hard! Hit a max of 44 degrees. Another day like today & I die!”

Friday’s fifth stage is a 149.5km ride between Norwood and Goolwa.