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Trek-Segafredo women's team have six Emondas stolen night before Strade Bianche

Joe Robinson
3 Aug 2020

Ellen van Dijk forced to borrow a bike from male counterpart Koen de Kort to race. Image: Trek-Segafredo/Jojo Harper

The Trek-Segafredo women's team had six bikes stolen the night before Strade Bianche, with rider Ellen van Dijk having to borrow a bike from a male counterpart for the race.

Theives managed to break in via the roof of the team bus and made off with six Trek Emondas just hours before the likes of Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini returned to women's WorldTour racing.

The theft forced the riders to race on their spare race bikes with Dutch Classics specialist Van Dijk having to borrow a bike from male Trek-Segafredo teammate Koen de Kort. 

Despite the theft and stress, the women's Trek team still placed well with Longo Borghini taking fifth, just over two minutes adrift of winner, Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleuten.

'Elisa Longo Borghini rode a very strong Strade Bianche and was our top finisher in fifth th place after Ellen van Dijk represented the team in a dangerous move in the latter part of the race,' read a team statement after the race.

'Meanwhile, Lizzie Deignan was a victim of a crash. She sustained contusions but finished. We had a little bit of stress ahead of the race with six race bikes stolen from the truck overnight. The riders all rode their spare bikes, with the exception of Ellen van Dijk, who gracefully rode the bike of Koen de Kort. Thank you, Koen!'

As for Van Dijk, she managed to finish a respectable 17th despite the brutally hot conditions, working for Longo Borghini and racing on De Kort's bike. 

'So hard! It's such a hard race; I was empty. Our tactics were good, but I didn't have the legs to attack from that group. I gave all I had,' said Van Dijk post-race.

'Elisa had a really good race with 5th place. The morning was a bit stressful with the stolen bikes, but Koen's bike was not a problem!'