€100,000 theft at Cannondale's team HQ in Italy
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.