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Hunter up to 14th

Robbie Hunter continues his daily improvement at the Tour of Oman cycle race.
Thirty-third after the third stage of the event, the South African had another good day on Wednesday and now founds himself 14th in the general classification.

That’s just 16 seconds down on overall leader Daniele Bennati of Italy, the Liquigas-Doimo rider having a time of 12hr 12min 29sec.

Riding for the Garmin-Transitions team, Hunter finished yesterday’s fourth stage in 10th spot overall, given the same time as stage winner Leigh Howard of Australia (4:11:31).

Yesterday’s ill-tempered 187-kilometre stage was the longest and hilliest of the six-stage event and started 90 minutes late after riders were delayed after flying to the start, 300km from their hotel in Muscat.

It was 20-year-old Howard’s first win with the US team, HTC-Columbia.

Thursday’s stage is a 148km ride from Wattayah to the Sultan Qaboos Stadium back in Muscat.

Hunter’s Garmin-Transition team currently head the team category with an overall time of 36hr 38min 15sec.

After the race Hunter said: “It was another good day in the office. The group split in the cross-wind and Team Sky messed up with the yellow jersey two races in a row. But I’m feeling good.”