Vincenzo Nibali and Robbie Hunter, Giro d'Italia 2013, stage 17

Robbie Hunter published a series of tweets last year informing the cycling fraternity he was calling time on his career despite wanting to ride one more season as a pro.

The South African was part of the peloton that contested the Tour Down Under here in Australia just 12 months ago but is now calling the shots from the Garmin-Sharp car as a sports director.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.