The Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen during a cycle show at the NEC in Birmingham. It was being loaned to Pinarello, who manufactures Team Sky’s bikes, to be on display at venues across the UK.
Pinarello said that the trophy was stolen when left unattended at the event. Managing director Richard Hemington said he was devastated by the theft, adding: “We accept full responsibility and have personally apologised to Geraint. We hope that the trophy can be recovered.”
Team Sky have confirmed that police were investigating the matter and were in touch with all relevant parties to agree on how to resolve the situation.
Thomas won the team’s sixth Tour de France trophy in seven years this July, and it was the fourth successive grand tour win for the team after Chris Froome won the Tour and Vuelta a Espana last year, and the Giro d’Italia this year. Thomas said of the theft:
“It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened. 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.”
The Tour win was the second part of an amazing year for British cycling, and three separate British riders won all three grand tours. Froome won the Giro, Thomas won the Tour, and Simon Yates won the Vuelta.