Monday, 16 February 2009

Tour of California: Lance's bike be gone...

Come back, pretty bicycle!

Apparently Lance Armstrong's customized Trek time trial bike was stolen (along with three other Astana tt bikes) when the team's truck was broken into this weekend. Reflecting over the years, it is truly astonishing how many good racing bikes have been stolen: Paolo Bettini's World Championship Tarmac when 21 bikes were stolen from the Quick-Step van; all the bikes of the Canadian junior team at the World's in Stuttgart; 21 bikes from Team Barloworld...maybe they should just leave an angry Belgian mechanic in the trailer.

I am sure that the Trek people will work overtime to have another bike put together, although it may not have the special paint for this race. And I guess if you wanted to steal a bike this would be the one. Not that I would suggest doing this. Even if it would fit me. Which this one would.

I hope that everyone at Astana gets their bikes back and the thieves appropriately appalling punishment.

3 comments:

Groover said...

What's the point stealing such a recognisable bike? You can't ride it for fear of being discovered. You can't sell it. You can only put it on the wall in your sitting room and never ever invite anybody over for dinner again...

I hope they get the thieves.

Lily on the Road said...

Good point Groover!

I can't believe that the vans are not monitored more closely. Where is the alarm system, don't they have those? Why not have someone watching the vans as you suggested, i.e. the angry mechanic!

Well, unless of course it is an inside job.

Itchy Bits said...

I wasn't aware that so many teams had been victims in the past - I read on another blog that bike theft in CA is a popular pastime.