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Italian team asks people to be on the lookout for hot bikes

Italian World Tour outfit Lampre-Merida has asked people to be on the alert after thieves broke into its headquarters over the weekend and made off with an unspecified number of team bikes and other equipment as well as a van and a team car.

In what was clearly a well-planned burglary, the thieves broke into the premises at Usmate-Velate, around 20km northeast of Milan, at some time between Saturday evening and this morning and disabled the alarm system.

The bikes stolen were 2014 models in team colours and complete with wheels and components, ready to be delivered to its riders.

The models concerned are shown in the picture above and comprise:

Merida TT Warp
Merida Reacto Evo
Merida Ride
Merida Scultura.

Also stolen were Merida frames, Shimano Di2 groupsets, Fulcrum wheels in various sizes, San Marco and Prologo saddles, SRM and Garmin bike computers and various other components.

The Carabinieri were informed of the theft when it was discovered this morning and units from Arcore and Monza have visited the scene.

In a statement, the team said: “The damage is enormous in both economic and a logistical terms, given that the bikes taken were already ready to be delivered to the riders at the first training camp at Darfo Boario Terme and would therefore be used in the 2014 season.”

Lampre-Merida added that it has already launched an extensive search for the items stolen, and a reward is on offer for assistance. 

A tweet in English on the @MeridaProRoad Twitter account said: “If you see some scruffy types on @lampre_merida teambikes or suspiciously cheap offers for these, pls let us know,” adding the email address team [at] teamlampremerida.com.

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.

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antonio [1120 posts] 2 years ago
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Undeniably true that these are fast moving bikes!

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ragtimecyclist [158 posts] 2 years ago
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Is it just me, or have half the teams in the peloton had their bikes pilfered at some point this year?

And by the way, by suggesting we be on the lookout for scruffy types riding fancy bikes, that already points the finger of suspicion at most of my mates!

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DrJDog [336 posts] 2 years ago
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If anyone spots my 2010 Canyon CF SLX that got nicked from Redbridge Cycling Centre last weekend, please let me know  1

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mbrads72 [175 posts] 2 years ago
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2014 bikes stolen? They must have had a big lorry!  21

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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What exactly do you do with a stolen team bike? I mean it doesn't exactly blend in. I guess crooks are starting to catch on to the value of the items owned by cycling teams. There were a bunch of break ins last year and I imagine only more attempts will occur this year

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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Maybe the crooks will hold a prize draw, entered only by people not really THAT keen on bikes  4

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bubbles_jonnybravo [11 posts] 2 years ago
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They have figured out that if they strip them back and respray them people buy them not know what they are. Unfortunately some of the dodgy car paint shops have started to do this.

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 2 years ago
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jarredscycling wrote:

What exactly do you do with a stolen team bike? I mean it doesn't exactly blend in. I guess crooks are starting to catch on to the value of the items owned by cycling teams. There were a bunch of break ins last year and I imagine only more attempts will occur this year

that's a lot of practically untraceable top-end groupsets to flog on. I'd reckon they'll get stripped and anything that's not in team colours will get sold, and the frames will either go in a skip or get resprayed