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Geraint Thomas has bike stolen on coffee stop – but gets it back later the same day

2018 Tour de France champion thanks police in Menton for reuniting him with his Pinarello

Many of us unfortunately know that sinking feeling when our pride and joy gets nicked – and it turns out that Tour de France winners living in Monaco aren’t immune to it either.

Ineos Grenadiers star Geraint Thomas tweeted earlier today that on a ride along the Riviera, his "Pinarello Dogma F with F12 stickers" had been stolen outside a coffee shop in Menton, the lemon-growing town on the Riviera just shy of the Italian border.

Back home in a car it was, then, for the rather pissed-off looking Welsh ace.

As for those “random mismatched wheels,” going by this recent pic, the front one is a Shimano Dura-Ace C40 ... the rear wheel, though is by Princeton Carbon Works and alone costs more than many of us will ever spend on a complete bike.


But unlike many such tales of bike theft, this one at least had a happy ending, thanks to the local police, who will also have a nice story to tell over a pastis or two when they get off shift this evening.

Hopefully it didn't spoil his Sunday too much and he managed to enjoy a gripping Welsh win over Fiji in the autumn rugby internationals.

If only all bike theft stories, whether the victim is an Olympic gold medallist and Grand Tour winner or not, had such a positive result…

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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