€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

by Simon_MacMichael   February 13, 2014  

2013 Tour of Oman Stage 2 Sagan celebration (© Lloyd Images:Muscat Muncipality)

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.

16 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

Cycling teams really should adopt GPS tracking in a decoy bike/wheel/etc. A cheap product for this will start shipping soon:

http://bikespike.com/

posted by Aapje [158 posts]
13th February 2014 - 14:46

like this
Like (2)

How about employing a security guard...or might they gt paid off. Organised crime is hard to beat....must be profitable! Surprise

posted by Guyz2010 [280 posts]
13th February 2014 - 15:02

like this
Like (1)

Having a 24/7 security guard is very expensive. Close to the costs of this theft probably, so that wouldn't achieve much.

posted by Aapje [158 posts]
13th February 2014 - 15:19

like this
Like (8)

A security guard that earns 100,000! I am in the wrong job

posted by timrichardson82 [11 posts]
13th February 2014 - 15:42

like this
Like (8)

timrichardson82 wrote:
A security guard that earns 100,000! I am in the wrong job

It's funny how people think. The salary of a security guard isn't £100k but but full time security may need two or three full time people just for one site.

Let's say a site is open normal hours. 8am - 6pm. Mon - Fri You might have a security guard during the day to make sure people don't get in and hide in the building or such. But let's say you just go for when the building is locked and for one security guard. There are 168 hours in a week. The building is open for 50 of them. So that leaves 118 hours of security guard per week. At 40 hours per week that's three security guards. So Ok they may only earn €20k each. But that's just their wages not their on costs.

That's just one site and one guard. So multiply accordingly.

Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand.

posted by oozaveared [496 posts]
13th February 2014 - 16:22

like this
Like (14)

Exactly. Plus you will have to pay extra for hours worked at night and during the weekend. A lot of low wage workers actually make decent pay by bonus pay for irregular hours.

posted by Aapje [158 posts]
13th February 2014 - 17:00

like this
Like (1)

I'd employ two, well trained alsatian dogs, and allow them to chew the nuts off anyone who broke in.

posted by barkingfishes [18 posts]
13th February 2014 - 18:06

like this
Like (9)

I bet it's that ‘Mediterranean’ looking chap again

FATBEGGARONABIKE's picture

posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [562 posts]
13th February 2014 - 20:32

like this
Like (9)

Hmmm time to start looking at the "Weight weenie" etc blogs from Poland ,Latvia , Romania etc I think !

posted by brnbrom [2 posts]
13th February 2014 - 20:51

like this
Like (1)

What does the "Etc" after "Poland, Latvia, Romania" imply brnbrom? I can only assume your casual racism, given that none of them share any borders.

posted by Mikeduff [24 posts]
14th February 2014 - 0:49

like this
Like (15)

brnbrom wrote:
Hmmm time to start looking at the "Weight weenie" etc blogs from Poland ,Latvia , Romania etc I think !

1 post and it's racist - well done.

JaseCD

posted by jasecd [139 posts]
14th February 2014 - 8:32

like this
Like (5)

Perhaps it is time for teams to 'copy right' their bike paint jobs thus making it harder to move the goods on quickly.

antonio

antonio's picture

posted by antonio [923 posts]
14th February 2014 - 10:24

like this
Like (0)

As mentioned, security comes at a cost and the reported value of the loss is probably inflated (based on retail values) and more of an irritation (personal fittings and all).

But with these recurrent thefts of traceable bikes (they all have serial numbers, right?) - where do they end up? Didn't they lift an entire Garmin fleet last year? Is nothing ever recovered?

Oh wait - it's Italy...

Ride your own ride

posted by CanAmSteve [116 posts]
14th February 2014 - 12:39

like this
Like (2)

As an additional to the cost of the guard, someone else alluded to corruption- you've got to pay them enough to reduce their temptation to be paid off!

posted by Al__S [480 posts]
14th February 2014 - 19:13

like this
Like (7)

This happens surprisingly often - happened to Garmin-Sharp at the Tour Mediterraneen mid-race last year forcing them to abandon en masse.

Ride it like you stole it!?

ragtimecyclist's picture

posted by ragtimecyclist [117 posts]
15th February 2014 - 7:46

like this
Like (0)

Presumably these leave Europe pretty quick? Never to be seen again.

Or, even more sadly - there's got to be €1000s of parts on these bikes - maybe they get stripped down, and the (all too traceable) frames end up in an unmarked grave? Sad

PJ McNally's picture

posted by PJ McNally [579 posts]
15th February 2014 - 9:30

like this
Like (0)