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Women’s World Tour squad SD Worx issues appeal after “brutal burglary”

The Dutch team’s range of Specialized bikes have been stolen

Leading Women’s World Tour team SD Worx have issued an appeal after several of the squad’s bikes were stolen in what has been described as a “brutal burglary”.

The Dutch squad, led by Tour de France Femmes podium finisher Demi Vollering, announced on Twitter earlier today that a range of Specialized bikes, including the American company’s Tarmac and Roubaix road and Shiv time trial models, were nabbed this week by the thieves.

A spokesperson told VeloNews that the team cannot release any further information due to the ongoing police investigation, but that they hoped by issuing an appeal online, fans will keep an eye out for the stolen bikes.

“Due to the police investigation, we can currently not provide any further details. The police did ask us to release photos of the stolen bikes,” the team said.

“Once someone sees them being offered, the alarm could then be raised. In the past, they have already been able to solve bicycle thefts that way.”

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SD Worx (formerly known as Boels-Dolmans) have been one of the women’s peloton’s most consistently successful teams during the past decade, and finished 2022 as the top-ranked squad in the UCI standings for the sixth time in seven years.

Alongside Demi Vollering’s second place on GC at the revamped Tour de France Femmes, behind the seemingly unbeatable Annemiek van Vleuten, the Dutch squad also secured wins at the Tour of Flanders and Strade Bianche courtesy of classics star Lotte Kopecky, while Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio won the Tour de Romandie and Vollering took the overall victory at the Tour of the Basque Country.

> Two teenagers sentenced to 18 months for Italian track bike theft at UCI Track World Championships

Large-scale burglaries targeting professional cycling teams have become an increasingly common occurrence in recent years. In October last year, 22 of the Italian national team’s bikes – including Filippo Ganna’s gold-painted Pinarello – were stolen from a hotel car park during the UCI track world championships in Roubaix.

All but one of the bikes were later recovered by Romanian police, while two teenagers were sentenced to 18 months in prison for their roles in the £500,000 robbery.

Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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