Geraint Thomas is appealing to the public for the return of his 2018 Tour de France winners trophy. Pinarello was displaying the trophy at the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. During the dismantling of the set-up, it went missing after allegedly being momentarily unattended. Police are investigating the theft.

In a statement, Thomas said, “It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened. It goes without saying that the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it, but means a lot to me and to the team. Hopefully whoever took it will have the good grace to return it,” he said. “A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the amazing memories from this incredible summer—and no-one can ever take those away.”

While police continue to investigate and Thomas hopes for its return, there has been some amusing speculation of what happened. Chris Froome, a four-time Tour de France winner himself who finished third in 2018, is chief amoung the suspects according to the internet. The former champion had been pegged as the team leader at the 2018 edition only for Thomas to subvert the usual narrative and take the win ahead of Froome.

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