Tao Geoghegan Hart’s Garmin stolen – while he was on Vuelta podium

Unwelcome surprise for Team Ineos rider when he returned from collecting yesterdayy’s combativity prize

Tao ​Geoghegan Hart, second and third in successive Vuelta stages earlier this week, finally got on the podium after yesterday’s penultimate stage to collect the most combative rider award – but had an unwelcome surprise when he returned to his bike to discover that his Garmin had been stolen.

The 24-year-old, who had finished 12th on the 190.4km stage to Plataforma de Gredos, broke the news of the theft to his followers on Twitter.

The replies ranged from the supportive through the helpful to the firmly tongue in cheek.

Geoghegan Hart isn’t the only pro cyclist to have had a bike computer stolen following a race – at the Tour of Catalonia earlier this year, UAE Team Emirates rider Dan Martin had his Garmin stolen immediately after a crash, while Romain Bardet of AG2R-La Mondiale replied to say that his power meter had been stolen in similar circumstances.

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