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Pro cyclist tweets picture of bike destroyed by baggage handlers

Aqua Blue rider Peter Koning vows never to fly easyJet again

Remember that video that did the rounds a couple of months ago showing baggage handlers unceremoniously dumping bike boxes and bags from the hold of an easyJet flight? In case you missed it, here it is.

The footage was shot by journalist Andy Thornley as he waited to board a flight at London Gatwick, with the baggage handlers involved employed by Menzies, the company the airline uses for baggage handling at the airport.

It was enough to make anyone who flies with their bike cringe, and now one professional cyclist has vowed never to travel with the airline again after his bike was destroyed when he took a flight with the same airline.

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Peter Koning, who rides for the Irish UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue, tweeted a picture today of the frame of his Ridley bike, broken beyond repair.

The 26-year-old Dutch rider competed in the Four Days of Dunkirk last week, and is due to race at the Tour of Norway, which starts on Wednesday.

His tweet drew this response from Cornish ex-pro Tom Southam, Koning's former sports director at Drapac.

That wasn't the only tongue-in-cheek reply.

However, this Twitter user wasn't alone in suggesting that a hard case might be safer than a soft bag in future.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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