Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy and his wife Sarra have announced the birth of their baby girl.

 

The little girl, named Chloe Rose Carol, was born earlier this week, a month before her due date.

 

Chris took to Twitter to share a photo of the tiny tot fast asleep, writing: “Delighted to announce the safe arrival of Chloe Rose Carol this week. Born at 36 weeks, 4lbs, 14oz, Sarra Hoy and Chloe doing really well”.

 

He was soon flooded with congratulations from fans and friends in the sporting world, including Paralympian Sarah Storey.

 

She wrote: “Yay, huge congratulations to you all”.

 

 

“So so gorgeous, congratulations both of you”, another well-wisher wrote.

 

Sarra posted her own message, writing: "We owe a huge debt of thanks to our local hospital and amazing staff, who gave me the most incredible care, while our family of three became four".

 

Chloe is the couple’s second child, joining big brother Callum, who was also born premature and is almost three now.

 

After Callum arrived 11 weeks early, Sarra became an ambassador for Bliss, a charity which provides support for premature and sick babies.

 

Little Callum weighed just two pounds at birth but by three months old, he weighed seven pounds.

 

 

Proud dad Chris spoke about his son’s amazing progress, saying: "He is only three months old but he's getting there. He's a Hoy, so he won't struggle putting on weight."

 

Talking about her husband’s role in the family, she revealed that doting dad Chris “is just such a lovely, lovely dad to Callum, and he adores him.

 

"And I think he now knows how wonderful it is with Callum, he's super excited about this next one”.

 

Six-time gold medallist Chris has now retired from cycling but heaped praise on fellow sports stars who combine their passion with parenting.

 

He said:  "The very nature of a professional athlete is that you have to put yourself first. When you have a baby, you put them first. So, I have no idea how they do it”.

 

Congrats to Chris and Sarra on their beautiful baby girl – we wish them all the best.

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