Geraint Thomas – the winner of the Tour de France 2018, has had his trophy stolen from a cycling show in Birmingham
Police are investigating the theft of the Coupe Omnisports – presented each year to the winner of cycling’s most famous race.
It was stolen after Thomas’s Team Sky loaned the trophy to their sponsors Pinarello to display at The Cycle Show in Birmingham.
Thomas has expressed his devastation regarding the matter and emphasised the importance and value this trophy holds for him and his team.
“This trophy means a lot to me and to the team.”
The black and gold handmade trophy was presented to the Welshman this summer after becoming the third Briton to win the Tour de France.
It was put on display by Team Sky’s Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello at the NEC between 28 and 30 September.
The trophy was snatched after being “momentarily left unattended” during the clean-up after the show.
Thomas said: “It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened. It goes without saying that the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it and hopefully [they] will have the good grace to return it.
“A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the amazing memories from this incredible summer – and no-one can ever take those away.”
It was displayed alongside the other Grand Tour trophies – Vuelta de Espana and Giro d’Italia – won by Thomas’s team-mate Chris Froome.
Richard Hemington, managing director of Pinarello, said the company had apologised to Thomas.
He added: “We are obviously devastated about this. We accept full responsibility. Obviously we all hope that the trophy can be recovered.”
Team Sky said it was liaising with all relevant parties to agree on the best course of action to resolve the issue.
West Midlands Police said the trophy is believed to have been taken sometime between 18.30 and 19.30 (GMT) on 29 September.