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Apology as Geraint Thomas Tour trophy lost in embarrassing theft

Posted on: October 10th, 2018

Geraint Thomas Tour de France trophy stolen Pinarello

The Tour de France trophy – along with the Vuelta and Giro gongs – was on display by Pinarello when it was stolen.

 

Geraint Thomas Tour de France trophy stolen from Pinarello

 

Geraint Thomas has appealed for the return of his Tour de France winner’s trophy after it was stolen while in the care of Pinarello.

Team Sky held all three Grand Tour trophies until Simon Yates won the recent Vuelta. The trophies from its Grand Tour wins have been put on display around the UK of late.

However, Thomas’s Tour winner’s trophy was stolen when it was left unattended at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

The trophy was stolen from the Pinarello display sometime between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on September 29th.

However, the trophy was only reported stolen to West Midlands Police three days later. Furthermore, news of the theft is only emerging today.

Team Sky issued a statement confirming the trophy was stolen after it had been on display at the recent Cycle Show in the NEC.

“Regrettably, during the clear-up operation at the end of the event, Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France trophy was momentarily left unattended and stolen,” the team said.

“The matter is obviously now subject to a police investigation. In the meantime, Team Sky are liaising with all relevant parties to agree on the best course of action to resolve the issue.”

 

Geraint Thomas Tour de France trophy stolen Pinarello

Geraint Thomas has had his Tour de France winner’s trophy stolen. He wants it back but he appears to be staying cool.

 

Pinarello managing director Richard Hemington has also been forced to apologise for the embarrassing loss of such an iconic item.

“We are obviously devastated about this. We accept full responsibility,” he said of the company.

“And (we) have personally apologised to Geraint. Obviously we all hope that the trophy can be recovered.”

For his part, Geraint Thomas said the theft was upsetting and he urged those who stole the trophy to return it.

“It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened,” he said of the trophy he allowed to be toured around Britain.

“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.”

 

Geraint Thomas Tour de France trophy stolen Pinarello

The Tour trophy is iconic and any attempt to sell it on the open market would very likely result in the alarm being raised.

 

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