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Barloworld to ride the Tour de France - Wynand de Villiers

Source: http://www.cyclingnews.co.za/Pages/Default.asp?More=Barloworld%20to%20ride%20the%20Tour%20de%20France&FeatureID=2415&SectionID=2


Hot on the heels of Robert Hunter?s stunning overall win in the Tour

de Picardie stage race in France at the weekend, Barloworld received

even better news that they have been included in the Tour de France

line-up for this year.

It?s great news not just for Hunter and

his team, but also for South African cycling with a South African

sponsored team for the first time taking part in cycling?s showcase.

The final wild card slots will likely be announced today, but the

Barloworld squad received the heads up at the weekend that they can

start preparing for the Tour.

Hunter won the first stage of the four-stage Tour de Picardie and successfully defended the yellow jersey throughout the tour.


the fourth and last 91.5km stage of the three-day tour, which took

place on Sunday, the Barloworld pro had his hands full controlling

Jartazi cyclist Janek Tombak from Estonia. Tombak won the stage, but

fell 3 seconds short of Hunter.

Italian Alessandro Proni

finished third. Proni attacked Hunter, together with Tombak, on the

final hill with 3km to go. It was a valiant effort to gain time through

a gap and finishing bonuses, but Tombak just couldn?t get enough bonus

seconds back.

Barloworld were there in numbers to support Hunter

on the final hill and he went on to his sixth win of the season and his

second overall in a stage race.

epoh2007-05-21 15:01:06

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