Ladri di Biciclette: Giovanni Visconti's €15,000 custom MCipollini bike stolen

Theft comes days after criminals make off with all of Team Type 1's Colnago bikes

by Simon_MacMichael   March 29, 2011  

Giovanni Visconti on his MCipollini RB1000 picture LaPresse RCS Sport .JPG

A unique MCipollini RB 1000 bike worth €15,000, the frame finished in the Italian national colours, has been stolen from Giovanni Visconti, the country’s national road champion, from outside a hotel in Vicenza.

The Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli rider had been at the hotel to take part in a photoshoot, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Thieves broke into his car through the windscreen and took the bike, which had been stored in the boot. They also took a satnav device from the dashboard.

It’s the second high-profile theft of a bike targeting pro racers in Italy in the space of a few days, although as yet there is no suggestion the incidents are linked.

Last week, Professional Continental outfit Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis were forced to pull out of the final stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali after all of their Colnago bikes and frames were stolen from team vehicles the previous evening.
 

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its gonna be kinda hard to flog that on ebay without drawing attention to yourself eh.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
29th March 2011 - 14:19

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Wont get far without a respray, a coat of hammerite will do the trick.

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posted by antonio [937 posts]
29th March 2011 - 16:17

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Somehow I doubt these bicycle thieves are going to use the bike to keep their jobs pasting up posters.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
29th March 2011 - 17:33

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Not sure there's any indication that the thieves were "targeting pro racers", since they also took the sat-nav unit.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1333 posts]
29th March 2011 - 18:05

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Perhaps the thieves will return the bike when they learn of the personal testing that Super Mario does to every one of his MCipollini bikes...

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
29th March 2011 - 20:34

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Fringe wrote:
its gonna be kinda hard to flog that on ebay without drawing attention to yourself eh.

Probably stolen to order, or for a known buyer/collector.

posted by zoxed [62 posts]
29th March 2011 - 20:40

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handlebarcam wrote:
Somehow I doubt these bicycle thieves are going to use the bike to keep their jobs pasting up posters.

Applause

One of my favourite films, stood the test of being studied for a term in first year of my undergrad and I can still watch it again and again.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7940 posts]
29th March 2011 - 20:52

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cat1commuter wrote:
Not sure there's any indication that the thieves were "targeting pro racers", since they also took the sat-nav unit.

Perhaps not certain in the Visconti case, although with Team Type 1 it seems clearly more than just an opportunistic thief at work.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7940 posts]
29th March 2011 - 20:55

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