Tour de France trophy stolen at UK bicycle show
Geraint Thomas's trophy was stolen after being momentarily left unattended while the display was packed up at the end of the event in September
London — Geraint Thomas's Tour de France trophy has been stolen after being displayed at a cycle show, Team Sky said on Wednesday.
Sky have been displaying all three Grand Tour trophies — which were won by Thomas and fellow British rider Chris Froome between September 2017 and July 2018 — at various events in the UK.
The trophies had been loaned to their bike supplier, Pinarello, for the Cycle Show, which was held in Birmingham over the last weekend in September.
Sky says the trophy was stolen after being momentarily left unattended while the display was packed up at the end of the event. The matter is now the subject of a police investigation.
"It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened," said Thomas. "It goes without saying that the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it, but means a lot to me and to the team.
"Hopefully whoever took it will have the good grace to return it. A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the amazing memories from this incredible summer — and no-one can ever take those away."
Richard Hemington, MD of Pinarello UK said: "We are obviously devastated about this. We accept full responsibility and have personally apologised to Geraint. Obviously we all hope that the trophy can be recovered."