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Lamonta team bikes stolen

Riders from German Continental team 3C-Gruppe Lamonta are currently tackling the Olympia's Tour in the Netherlands on borrowed bikes after having their own machines stolen. The thieves also made off with equipment from two other teams during the night after the opening prologue on Saturday.

After the incident organisers worked hard to find replacement bikes for the team, which they managed to do. "I have never seen anything like that," declared Lamonta team manager Holger Sievers to

Some of the team's riders managed to adjust quickly to their new steeds while others ran into problems. Tobias Erler had a mechanical costing him seven minutes while René Obst and Sergej Fuchs did not deal well with the new bikes and also lost time.

Sören Hofmann is currently Lamonta's highest placed rider overall, 2'42 behind leader Martijn Maaskant (Rabobank Continental) after four stages.