Geraint Thomas stated the Excursion de France trophy “manner so much to me and the group”. (Reuters: Stephane Mantey)
The trophy awarded to this yr’s Excursion de France winner Geraint Thomas has been stolen throughout a cycle display in England.
The trophy, loaned to motorbike producer Pinarello, were on show at venues throughout the United Kingdom at the side of Workforce Sky’s different grand excursion trophies, however was once stolen when it was once left unattended at Birmingham’s Nationwide Exhibition Centre.
“It’s extremely unlucky that this has took place,” Thomas stated in a remark.
“It is going with out pronouncing that the trophy is of beautiful restricted worth to whoever took it, however manner so much to me and to the group.
“Expectantly whoever took it’s going to have the nice grace to go back it. A trophy is essential, however obviously what issues maximum are the fantastic reminiscences from this implausible summer time — and nobody can ever take the ones away.”
Pinarello managing director Richard Hemington stated he was once devastated by means of the robbery.
“We settle for complete duty and feature in my view apologised to Geraint,” Mr Hemington stated.
“We are hoping that the trophy may also be recovered.”
Workforce Sky stated police had been investigating the subject and so they had been liaising with all related events to agree on the most productive plan of action to unravel the problem.
It was once the fourth successive grand excursion win for the group after Chris Froome received the Excursion and the Vuelta a Espana closing yr ahead of clinching this yr’s Giro d’Italia.
It additionally made Thomas the primary Welshman to win the Excursion.