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South Africa’s potent cycling team

27 June 2002

Premier road specialist Robert Hunter hopes to lead his team to success in the 180km race.

David George

Seasoned climber David George

Hunter, who this year will race his second Tour de France is joined by David George, who won the Giro del Capo in the Cape in March.

Team member Nicholas White believes his team's chances of winning a medal in the road race will depend on riders being in the right place at the right time over a tight and hilly circuit.

"The road is very tight," said White. "It's a village road that twists and turns and takes the rider on a series of steep ups and downs. The road is also lined with steep walls and it can be very slippery if wet.

"This means that in a field of 150 riders, if you miss the crucial break, it's going to be very difficult to muster one's team together to chase the leaders down. Also, the race is over a 12km circuit, so a fast early break up front will start lapping the tail-enders before halfway."

White, George and Hunter are superb individual pursuit riders, with George being a seasoned climber and Hunter having a great sprint at the finish. The other team members are Malcolm Lange, Daniel Spence and Ryan Cox.

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