Jumbo-Visma have confirmed that one of Lennard Hofstede's Bianchi race bikes was stolen from the start of stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The bike, along with the team's riders' other road machines, was attached to the roof of one of the team cars when it was stolen at the start in Le Puy-en-Velay on Tuesday.
The team was parked in the centre of town before the start of the race, and Hofstede's bike was at the front of the rack on one of the team cars. According to witnesses, the thief simply approached the car, unclipped the bike from the roof and left the scene unchallenged. Hofstede, like all of the Jumbo-Visma riders at the Critérium du Dauphiné, has a number of bikes to race on, and he was able to start stage 3 to Riom on his spare bike.
The 24-year-old Dutch rider finished safely in the main field behind winner Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe.
Cyclingnews have contacted Jumbo-Visma for further reaction.
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Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.
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