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Thieves hit Milram's Grabsch

Bike thieves have struck again. This time the victim was Milram's Ralf Grabsch. Someone broke into the basement of his home in Hürth, Germany, and took his bike. And not just any bike, but a special bike "Extreme Power," hand-finished for Milram by Colnago and worth 6,000 euro.

"You just stand there totally surprised and simply feel helpless," the 35 year-old said. "I thought I was in the wrong cellar. But I quickly realized that the bike was gone. It's as if someone steals a journalist's laptop during the Tour de France."

Grabsch is scheduled to start a local race in Hürth-Kendenich on Sunday. Fortunately, he was able to borrow a bike from his neighbour and friend André Greipel of Team High Road.