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by Shane Stokes
June 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Drucker takes home soil victory on stage 1 of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, grabs race lead; Froome says Giro d’Italia ride means Quintana is not a major rival for Tour; Bahrain-Merida bikes stolen prior to Hammer Series race; Chaves returning to racing at Critérium du Dauphiné, Yates to lead Orica-Scott team; Dowset on Hammer Series: ‘Tactically, everything we know becomes secondary. This is new territory’; Hayman: ‘Teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet’; Team Sky unveils new kit for 2017 Tour de France; Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts; Fortuneo – Vital Concept sponsors set to split prior to Tour de France; Young British time triallist Joe Guy killed in collision with van; Video: Robbie McEwen previews the inaugural Hammer Series race; Video: Inside HED Cycling; Video: Ten – The BC Bike Race Movie; Video: Tour Series 2017 – Round 9, Durham
The Bahrain-Merida team is appealing for help in tracking down ten bicycles which were stolen from the team truck on Wednesday evening. The theft occurred at the team hotel near Limburg, where the team will compete in the first Hammer Series race from Friday until Sunday.
“This morning, team Bahrain Merida were faced with an unpleasant surprise: nine Time Trial bikes and one road bike were stolen from the team truck some time during last night,” it said in a statement. “Despite this unfortunate event the team is ready for tomorrow’s race. Rider’s morale and motivation is high, although we will probably have to use road bikes for the Time Trial on Sunday.”
The WorldTour team features riders such as Giro d’Italia podium finisher Vincenzo Nibali. It has appealed for anyone with information to contact the local police or to email the team at email@example.com.
The stolen bikes are:
Nine Merida Warm TT complete bikes, complete with Fulcrum Disc wheel speed 360T and Dura ace Di2 Groupset including SRM Power meter system, and one Merida Reacto complete road bike with Dura Ace Di2 Groupset including SRM Power meter system.