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.
Thomas’s Tour de France trophy stolen. They’re made in Sèvres and have been awarded by the French government for several sports and other endeavours. They occasionally pop up for sale with auctioneers, last one I saw fetched ~€450
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) October 10, 2018
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.”
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) October 10, 2018
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.
Police release image of man wanted in connection of theft of Geraint Thomas Tour de France trophy. pic.twitter.com/SmDHRoFu20
— Simon Warren (@100Climbs) October 10, 2018
Someone knocked geraint Thomas's tdf trophy.
Here is the getaway footage pic.twitter.com/4OGDEn0fGy
— Ryder O'Bici (@vayerism) October 10, 2018
— Iseult Cody (@iseultcody) October 10, 2018
"You ain't seen me, right?" pic.twitter.com/IJbihtEj7t
— You've Been Froomed 🚳 (@YBFroomed) October 10, 2018
— FloBikes (@flobikes) October 10, 2018