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Hunter becomes a dad

Team Barloworld's Robbie Hunter became a father today after his wife Claudia gave birth to baby girl Mandy at 4:30am on Thursday morning. The baby weighs 2.888 kg and was born in Switzerland, where the Hunters have lived for several years.

Only due on the 19th July, the anniversary of Hunter's 2007 stage 11 Tour de France stage win, like father like daughter/son the young Hunter had to arrive earlier than the bunch. "I am ecstatic. This is both the proudest and most humbling moment of my life," said the excited new father.

The birth went well and Hunter will join up with his Barloworld team mates today in Brest for the start of the Tour de France.

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