Geraint Thomas has appealed for whoever stole the Tour de France trophy to have the "good grace" to return it.

Thomas' Tour de France trophy stolen


Geraint Thomas had a long wait to get his hands on the Tour de France trophy and it could be a while before he clutches it again after it was stolen in Birmingham.

Team Sky on Wednesday revealed the Coupe Omnisports was swiped at the recent Cycle Show at the NEC after they loaned the three Grand Tour trophies to bicycle manufacturers Pinarello to display.

Police are investigating after Thomas' Tour prize was taken while left unattended.

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. 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."

Managing director of Pinarello (UK) Richard Hemington said: "We are obviously devastated about this. We accept full responsibility and have personally apologised to Geraint. Obviously, we all hope that the trophy can be recovered."



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