Bikes stolen from Team BikeExchange at Tour de l'Ardèche

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Team BikeExchange women's bikes lined up at Brabantse Pijl Dames 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The riders from Team BikeExchange woke up on the morning of stage 5 at the Tour de l'Ardeche to find their bikes had been stolen, which could have spelt the end of their race if not for the kindness of rival teams.

The Australian-based squad was well-placed ahead of stage 5 of the seven-day tour in France, with Ane Santesteban having moved up to second place on the overall after coming fourth on the summit finish of stage 4. However, it ended up being far from a trouble free path to the St-Jean-en-Royans start on Sunday morning, with the team scrambling to get bikes and a number of riders ended up tackling the solid day of climbing on borrowed equipment.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.