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Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy stolen during UK tour

The scene where the previous champions hands over to new champion Image The scene where the previous champions hands over to new champion
Cassandra Castillo | 13 October, 2018, 16:41

The police says investigations are now ongoing after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham. Only the Coupe Omnisports trophy was stolen.

The black and gold handmade trophy was presented to the Cardiff rider this summer when he became only the third Briton to win the Tour de France.

It was put on display by Team Sky's Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello at the NEC between 28 and 30 September.

Geraint Thomas said: "It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened".

Geraint Thomas beat team-mate Chris Froome to this year's Tour de France title (Pete Goding/PA).

Police are now investigating after the Tour de France trophy was stolen after being left momentarily unattended.

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"Hopefully whoever took it will have the good grace to return it".

Pinarello managing director Richard Hemington, whose organisation was loaned the trophy, expressed his grief and said he was totally devastated by the theft.

"We accept full responsibility and have personally apologized to Geraint", Hemington said.

Armstrong might still be in possession of his trophies and jerseys but the US cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) when he decided not to contest USADA drugs charges back in 2012. "A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the unbelievable memories from this incredible summer - and no-one can ever take those away", he added.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Police were contacted on 2 October to report the theft of a trophy from the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, sometime between 6.30 and 7.30pm on 29 September".

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