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Bardet and Martin fall foul to thieves after Catalunya crash

Joe Robinson
2 Apr 2019

Both riders have items stolen from bike after high-speed crash on final Volta a Catalunya stage

Dan Martin and Romain Bardet both appear to have been the victims of light-fingered thieves after a major crash on the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Barcelona last weekend.

Both riders fell victim to high-speed collisions on a descent within the 7km Montjuic suburban circuit that played host to the final stage of the race. While trying to remount their bikes and finish the race, they noticed they had been relieved of items of on-bike tech by opportunistic thieves within the crowd.

UAE-Team Emirate's Martin took to Twitter after the race to announced his Garmin GPS computer had been stolen from his bike while he was trying to remount following the crash.

The Irishman tried to make light of the situation, commenting 'To the guy who stole my Garmin off my bike when I was picking myself up off the floor yesterday; please send the training file to @doctorinigo My @TrainingPeaks needs to be updated.'

Bardet, who fell victim to a 70kmph crash with AG2R La Mondiale teammate Tony Gallopin, CCC Team's Simon Geschke and Movistar's Marc Soler, then replied to Martin's tweet commenting that his power meter had also been taken from his broken bike as he sat on the floor with suspected fractured ribs.

'Looks like someone didn’t leave empty-handed of our misfortunes. Same story for my power meter which was on my broken bike' Bardet tweeted.

Falling victim to a thief added insult to injury for the pair, who had mixed fortunes in attempting to get back up and racing again.

Martin was able to rejoin the race albeit adrift from the lead group which was travelling at too high a pace to catch. Eventually, he finished over 12 minutes down seeing him plummet from fifth to 23rd on General Classification.

As for Bardet, his crash was severe enough to see him abandon the race with team doctor Arthur Molique confirming 'Romain has suffered a blow to the ribs with suspected fractures that will require further examinations.'

Bardet's injuries should not be severe enough to affect his big goal for 2019, the Tour de France, although they could hamper his preparations for the Ardennes Classics later this month. 

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