British pro Alexandar Richardson has bike stolen by knife-wielding gang in Richmond Park

The Alpecin-Fenix rider said the incident took place at around 3pm on Thursday afternoon

Alexandar Richardson
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British pro Alexandar Richardson has posted about a shocking incident that took place in London's Richmond Park on Thursday afternoon, when he was attacked and had his bike stolen by a knife-wielding gang.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider said he was just finishing his training at the park, a popular riding destination for cyclists in the capital, at around 3pm when he became aware of two mopeds following behind him. Richardson says four men on the mopeds were wearing balaclavas and that he "knew exactly they wanted to take my bike" and that he then attempted to get away as fast as possible towards a cafe in the park. 

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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