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Thieves steal Russian bikes at the world championships

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
September 28, 2013, 11:14,
Updated:
September 28, 2013, 15:20
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, September 28, 2013
Race:
UCI Road World Championships, Elite Men road race
Alexandr Kolobnev helped to set up Rodriguez

Alexandr Kolobnev helped to set up Rodriguez

  • Alexandr Kolobnev helped to set up Rodriguez
  • Team Katusha during stage 2
  • Simon Spilak (Team Katusha - Canyon)

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Katusha scrambling to build new bikes for Sunday's road race

The Russian Elite men were unable to go for one last training ride on the eve of Sunday's road race after thieves stole their bikes from the mechanic's truck parked in the hotel in Prato.

Alexandr Kolobnev tweeted a photo of Italian police studying the empty Katusha team truck from where 16 bikes and other equipment were stolen.

"Police at work... Stolen ALL the bikes last night. No start tomorrow," Kolobnev wrote on his Twitter feed.

However it seems that Kolobnev and all the other riders will be able to race in the Elite men's road race. The Katusha service course is in Brescia, just two hour north of Florence. The Russian team is already building new bikes for the riders and they are expected to arrive in Florence later on Saturday.

It is not the first time that ladri di bicicletta (bicycle thieves) have targeted teams before major races.

In February thieves cleaned out the Garmin-Sharp team during the Tour Mediterranean in France, stealing 17 bikes, 60 sets of wheels and other equipment worth a total of 250,000 Euro.
 

Peter Petern More than 1 year ago
excellent
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
WHy excellent?
GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
Good. My ridiculously circuitous plan is now one quarter complete
Borg K More than 1 year ago
I am the thief that stole the bycicles.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
You better be freakin' joking pal. What those thugs did is nothing to be laughing at so just step off man.
Borg K More than 1 year ago
How come you do not beleive I did it by myself.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
Now I actually think you might be the theif. You're stupid enough. Ya I'm sure one man walked off with 16 bikes. Oh, excuse me, I mean 16 BYCICLES. Moron.
Sven G More than 1 year ago
He does not believe us Borg.
Borg K More than 1 year ago
Come on Sven. We just blew our cover. Now he knows there is more than just one man.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
Nice try Borg and Sven. Like I believe those are your real names. If you guys really are the bike thieves then you would be able to tell me what hotel you stole the bikes from.
Borg K More than 1 year ago
Datini Prato
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
Bullspit. BULLSPIT!! Freakin come clean or admit to being a bunch of frauds. NOW!!!!
Borg K More than 1 year ago
I have some nice canyon ultimate cf slx 9.0 for sale. You want?
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
I'm only gonna say this once, so F ing listen up. You've got 2 hours to turn the bikes and yourselves in to the police. Do you F ing understand!!!
Borg K More than 1 year ago
Guess what. Team Sky is next.
czeczma More than 1 year ago
ironically we have a joke in Poland about a bike being stolen at the Red Square.
Jesus from Cancun More than 1 year ago
Would you share it?
GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
It probably won't make sense for you if you're not polish but here it is anyway Radio station receives a question from a listener: "Is it true that cars are being given away in Red Square in Moscow?" Radio announcer answers: Yes, except for some small mistakes. It isnt in Moscow, it's in Leningrad. Also it's not in Red Square it's by the river Neva. And it's not cars it's bicycles. Oh and they're not being given away, they're being stolen.
AydinR More than 1 year ago
HA!!!
neineinei More than 1 year ago
So that was what Pat meant when he said he would stay involved with cycling, he'll be flogging "used" bikes stolen from Makarov.
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
Funny
dsotherby More than 1 year ago
So you would think that a little alarm system and surveillance cameras would be the norm on these vehicles. I don't think I would be that naive about leaving that much stuff in a car or truck... I get paranoid just leaving my laptop in my car.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Yes, one would think that with the value of the equipment, ease of selling, and importance of having the equipment to perform, there would be adequate security. Unfortunately, an alarm system or cameras would not prevent the theft. It would require a guard.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Actually I would not wish a bike theft on anyone.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Especially not when it's the nicest bikes on the World Tour - those Canyon Aeroads are soo cool!
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
I would not wish Makarov's vengeance on anyone
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
Hope they get their bikes back/find some replacements!
SM8000 More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how these massive bike thefts happen so frequently. It seems to me that it would not be very hard or cost much to significantly increase the security of the trucks or simply make the bikes more difficult to remove if someone happens to gain entry
aqua lung More than 1 year ago
yeah, has me stumped as well.
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
almost as if they let it happen on purpose
rastymick More than 1 year ago
The problem is, those racing bikes are way to light. If each bike would weigh around 200 pounds, those thieves surely would think twice.
Uncle_Tod More than 1 year ago
Pretty sure this is McQuaids revenge...
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
so is there a correlation between distance from service course and likelihood of bike theft?