Italy suffer bike theft at Track World Championships

Italian teams members Simone Consonni Filippo Ganna Francesco Lamon and Jonathan Milan compete in the mens Team Pursuit qualifying during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at JeanStablinski velodrome in Roubaix northern France on October 20 2021 Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI AFP Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTIAFP via Getty Images
The Italian men's Team Pursuit squad riding to gold on their now-stolen gold Pinarellos on Thursday (Image credit: Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images)

The Italian national team have been hit by a bike theft at the UCI World Track Championships after 22 bikes were taken from their hotel in Lille.

Italy has been the most successful squad at the Worlds in Roubaix this week, picking up seven medals including golds in the men's Team Pursuit and women's Scratch and Elimination races, but thieves have put a major dampener on the week after getting away the bikes on Friday night.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix