The Tour de France trophy won this year by Team Sky’s cyclist Geraint Thomas, was stolen during an exhibition in Birmingham, the British team said Wednesday.
The trophy, loaned to bicycle manufacturer Pinarello, on display at venues across the UK along with the team’s other grand tour titles but has recently been stolen from the exhibition at a time when there was no supervision.
“It’s incredibly unfortunate that this has happened,” Thomas said in a statement. “Needless to say, the trophy is of fairly limited value to the person who stole it, but it means a lot to me and the team,” he added.
“I hope whoever took it will be kind enough to return it. A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most is the impressive memories of this incredible summer and nobody will be able to take them away,” said the cyclist.
Pinarello’s director, Richard Hemington, said he was devastated by the robbery.
“We took full responsibility and apologized personally to Geraint,” Hemington said. “We hope the trophy can be recovered,” he added.
Team Sky said the police are investigating the matter and are in contact with all relevant parties to agree on the best way to resolve the problem.
In July, Thomas won the sixth Team Sky Tour de France title in seven years.