Geraint Thomas's Tour de France trophy stolen at bike show

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

Double Olympic gold medallist Thomas, who won the Tour for the first time this summer, has urged whoever stole the trophy to return it. "A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the fantastic memories from this incredible summer - and no one can ever take those away".

Geraint Thomas' Tour de France trophy has been stolen from the NEC during a nationwide tour. "The matter is now subject to a police investigation".

Froome today described the theft as "appalling".

The trophy went missing during a recent event at the National Exhibition Center, where it was on display alongside two other Grand Tour trophies won by the British cycling team.

Pinarello managing director Richard Hemington said he was devastated by the theft.

"We accept full responsibility and have personally apologised to Geraint", Mr Hemington said.

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Armstrong might still be in possession of his trophies and jerseys but the US cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) when he decided not to contest USADA drugs charges back in 2012.

The trophy was taken at the end of The Cycle Show in Birmingham, England last month.

The trophy, loaned to bike manufacturer Pinarello, had been on display at venues across the United Kingdom along with the team's other grand tour titles but was picked up when left unattended at the NEC in Birmingham recently.

The trophy was stolen from the National Exhibition Centre between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on September 29, West Midlands Police said in a statement.

"Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111".

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