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Bahrain-Merida’s bikes nicked ahead of this weekend’s Hammer Series

Squad have their entire time trial fleet stolen in the Netherlands

Joseph Delves
1 Jun 2017

The Bahrain-Merida team got a nasty surprise this morning ahead of the weekend’s inaugural Hammer Series race in Limburg. During the night nine of their Merida Warp time trial bikes, and a single Reacto road machine, were stolen from the team truck, which was parked outside the team’s hotel.

Despite the setback the squad expects to be ready for the start of the three day race on Friday 2nd June. With the rest of the team's alternate bikes likely to be in use at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France, the riders competing in the Netherlands will be forced to race on their road bikes.

However, with only the final stage of the three event race consisting of a time trial, the loss of their bikes won’t necessarily put the squad out of contention.

‘Despite this unfortunate event the team is ready for tomorrow’s race. Rider’s morale and motivation is high, although we will probably have to use road bikes for the Time Trial on Sunday,' a team spokesperson said.

With the theft being widely publicised, the thieves will likely have a difficult time selling on their haul of unique bikes.

The details of the stolen bikes are as follows:

9 x Merida Warp TT bike with Fulcrum Disc wheel speed 360T and Dura ace Di2 groupset, including SRM Power meter system.

1 x Merida Reacto road bike with Dura Ace Di2 groupset, including SRM Power meter system.

If anyone reading this sees Bahrain-Merida team bikes anywhere near Limburg, where they were stolen from, please contact the team on or the local police.

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