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Geraint Thomas's Tour de France trophy stolen

Joe Robinson
10 Oct 2018

Trophy was on show at Cycle Show at NEC Birmingham when it was stolen

Geraint Thomas's Tour de France trophy has been stolen from the NEC in Birmingham. The matter has been forwarded to the police.

Team Sky recently took its three trophies from the Grand Tours – Thomas's Tour trophy and Chris Froome's from the Giro d'Italia and last year's Vuelta a Espana – on a brief tour of the UK to showcase the team's success over the past couple of seasons months.

The trophies were then temporarily loaned to the team's bike brand Pinarello for the recent Cycle Show at the NEC Birmingham.

According to Pinarello, the theft happened as the brand was clearing away its stand at the end of the show, with Thomas's Tour trophy having been left unattended for a short period of time. 

The crime has been reported on to the local police force while Team Sky have contacted the 'relevant parties to agree on the best course of action to resolve the issue'.

Thomas took his maiden Tour title this July, beating Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and teammate Chris Froome to an unexpected win. Aside from the trophy the Team Sky rolling roadshow also featured his winning bike and yellow jerseys.

Managing director of Pinarello in the UK, Richard Hemington, released a succinct statement on the issue. 

'We are obviously devastated about this. We accept full responsibility and have personally apologised to Geraint. Obviously, we all hope that the trophy can be recovered.'

Thomas himself also commented on the incident expressing his disappointment.

'It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened. It goes without saying that the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it, but means a lot to me and to the Team. Hopefully whoever took it will have the good grace to return it,' said Thomas.

'A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the amazing memories from this incredible summer – and no-one can ever take those away.'

This, of course, is not the first time a major trophy has been stolen in the UK as in 1966 the famous Jules Rimet World Cup trophy was stolen prior to the football championship leading to the conviction of Steve Crook.

The golden trophy was eventually discovered buried in Beulah Hill by David Corbett and his dog Pickles.