LE CANNET-DES-MAURES, France, Feb 22, 2014 – Team Sky awoke on
Saturday morning to find that 16 bikes had been stolen from a support vehicle
as they prepared to compete in this weekend’s Tour du Haut-Var in France.
The vehicle was parked at the team’s hotel in Trans-en-Provence, but
replacements were found in time for them to participate in the opening stage
at Le Cannet-des-Maures.
“The two (bikes) that were left in the van are going to be used and we
managed to retrieve five others from our training centre in Nice, which is
about an hour away from where we’re staying,” said Sky’s race coach Shaun
“We’ve got various training bikes and spare components, so fortunately the
show goes on.”
Neither Chris Froome nor Bradley Wiggins, the last two winners of the Tour
de France, will compete for Team Sky in the two-stage event.