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Bike theft sees Team Paule Ka withdraw from Giro dell'Emilia

Joe Robinson
17 Aug 2020

The French team had seven of their Chapter2 bikes stolen from a hotel in Bologna

Team Paule Ka have been forced to pull out of Tuesday's Giro dell'Emilia after seven of their bikes were stolen.

The French team, previously known as Bigla-Katusha, confirmed they had been victims of the theft via a press release on Monday afternoon and that they would not be able to source replacement Chapter2 bikes before the race.

'It is with regret that we announce the withdrawal of Équipe Paule Ka from tomorrow’s Giro dell’Emilia. Following the theft of our Chapter2 Huru and Rere bicycles from the team hotel in Bologna, there was insufficient time to replace the bicycles ahead of the event. Team management has decided there is no other option but to withdraw from the race,' read the statement.

'This recent series of events has left everyone in the team extremely dismayed and frustrated, and we once again call upon anyone with information about the whereabouts of our bicycles to please contact us. We are still offering a reward of €5,000 for their safe return.'

The team said in a separate statement that two Chapter2 Huru and five Chapter2 Rere bikes had been taken overnight from the Amati Design Hotel in Bologna. It also reiterated that the safe return of the bikes would be rewarded with €5,000.

The theft is not only disappointing for the Paule Ka team in terms of loss of property but also the fact the team will miss the opportunity to race in what is an already condensed racing calendar.

Furthermore, this is not the first incident of bike theft to hit women's cycling this month.

The Trek-Segafredo team fell subject to a raid on their team buses at Strade Bianche with six Trek Emonda bikes being taken. Luckily, the team were able to obtain replacement bikes ahead of the race albeit with Ellen Van Dijk borrowing a Trek Madone from male counterpart Koen de Kort.

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