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Police recover stolen Genesis Volare following tip-off - just in time before it was sold on to be broken up

Ian Bibby has been reunited with this Genesis Volare bike, stolen outside a café in Lancaster last week while the Madison Genesis rider was inside.

The bike, worth £7,000 and one of only ten in the world, was recovered after a tip-off from an address in Lancashire, apparently as it was about to be sold on for £2,500.

Police believe the prospective purchaser planned to break the bike up and sell the parts on eBay.

Bibby has raised his arms in victory a good few times in his career, but possibly never with as much relief – nor, indeed, as much underwear showing – as in the above picture he tweeted earlier this afternoon.

“My little Genesis bike has had a right adventure this weekend,” he said. “But he's back with his dad! Thanks for all the help!”

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.