O'Neills welcome new child

Health Net/Maxxis rider Nathan O'Neill had a good reason to politely decline an invitation to contest the world time trial championship for Australia this weekend.

O'Neill and his wife Karen became first-time parents when they welcomed 10lb 1oz Lydia Elaine O'Neill into the world last Sunday at 9:44 p.m. ET, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

"I thought I was prepared for the moment for when she was born, but in truth, I wasn't," said the reigning Commonwealth Games time trial champion, who also holds a record seven national titles to his credit. "There's just no way for anyone to prepare you for that moment and for how it feels. It was just the most incredible thing I have ever experienced."

The team says both Karen and baby Lydia are doing well.

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