Police in Spain have recovered a bike stolen from Orica-GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans following a stage of the Vuelta last month – after discovering it for sale in a second hand shop for just 1 per cent of its 12,000 euro value.
The bike had been stolen after the finish in Malaga of Stage 3 of the Spanish Grand Tour on Monday 24 August, according to a press release from the Policia Nacional.
A pair of police officers inspecting the shop, whose owner is said to have an extensive criminal record, became suspicious of its provenance after noticing the 120 euro price tag.
Enquiries revealed the description of the Scott Foil bike matched the one that had been stolen in the Andalusian city.
The bike was reportedly delivered to the Australian WorldTour team ahead of today’s concluding stage of the Vuelta in Madrid.
On their official Twitter account, the Policia Nacional said: “We’re awarding the striped jersey to the person who stole the Orica-GreenEdge bike – his stage finish is in jail.”
— Policía Nacional (@policia) September 13, 2015
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.