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Thieves strike in Italy less than three months after Lampre-Merida suffered similar break-in

Cannondale has become the latest UCI WorldTour team in Italy to fall victim to a major theft, with frames and components worth an estimated 100,000 stolen overnight from its headquarters in Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

According to the Messagero Veneto, bikes used by Ivan Basso and Peter Sagan were among those stolen from the team's base at Sesto al Reghena some 70km north east of Venice.

The newspaper adds that team staff are currently drawing up an inventory of the missing items, and that the local Carabinieri have launched an investigation.

The scale of the thieves' reported haul is similar to that of a theft suffered by Lampre-Merida from its base near Milan in November, with a team car and van also taken in that raid.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.