Double stage winner Robbie Hunter left the Vuelta a Murcia in Spain on Friday after learning that his wife has gone into labor.
The 32-year-old Garmin-Transitions rider won both the first and second stages of this week’s race and was wearing the leader’s jersey when he decided to withdraw. Hunter and his wife already have a daughter who was born just days before the 2008 Tour of France.
Hunter beat Australia’s Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Spain’s Vicente Reynes (HTC-Columbia) in a sprint finish in Wednesday’s opening stage. The three finished in the same order at the end of Thursday’s second stage.
With Hunter’s departure, Brown will move into the overall lead.