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Thomas De Gendt's polka-dot Tour de France bike stolen at Eurobike

Lotto-Soudal rider's Ridley Helium SL was taken from bike manufacturer's stand at trade show...

A custom Ridley Helium SL bike with a polka dot paintjob that was ridden by Lotto-Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt when he led the mountains classification at the Tour de France last month has been stolen from the bike manufacturer’s stand at the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

> Ridley gives Thomas De Gendt’s bike the polka-dot treatment

The theft took place yesterday, with Ridley founder and CEO Jochim Aerts, quoted on, saying: “We were so proud we could show Thomas’s bike on our stand, then this happened.”

De Gendt, in Spain riding the Vuelta, said: "It's really unfortunate that this has happened. The bike means a lot to me, it was a kind of symbol of my outstanding Tour de France. I really hope it shows up.”

Ridley tweeted a picture of the bike as it was on the stand prior to the theft, with the thieves breaking the lock to make off with it.

The rider himself retweeted Ridley’s picture asking for information and pointing out that the bike is “easy to spot.” Well, quite.

De Gendt had two stints in the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France - from Stages 5 to 7, then for a further three days after winning the shortened Stage 12 on Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day.

That stage is best remembered for Chris Froome’s jog up the mountain after his bike was broken in a crash when motorbikes ahead of the group he was in were unable to get through the crush of spectators.

Thefts of bikes do unfortunately happen at trade shows from time to time, including Eurobike – in 2009, we reported how a €10,000 Van Nicholas Astraeus had been stolen before the doors had even opened to the event.

> Van Nicholas Astraeus stolen at Eurobike

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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aladdin pain | 7 years ago

Surely only a man such as this could be so bold...

ridein | 7 years ago

Haven't spotted it yet.

fenix | 7 years ago

Damn it - the article cracked the easy to spot gag...

StraelGuy | 7 years ago
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"And did it have any distinguishing features sir?"


"Yes, it looked like it had cycled past the Texas chainsaw massacre shortly after it was painted."

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