Drugs raid in Romania results in police discovering Filippo Ganna’s stolen track bike

Following the theft of €600,000 worth of bikes from the Italian national team, police have recovered almost all of the machines

Filippo Ganna's stolen bike has been recovered
Filippo Ganna's stolen bike has been recovered
(Image credit: Politia Romana)

A drugs bust by Romanian police uncovered an unexpected haul, as officers found 21 bikes that had been stolen from that Italian track team, including Filippo Ganna’s gold Pinarello.

The Romanian Organised Crime Brigade in Galați, eastern Romania, has uncovered activity by a criminal group operating out of the area, believed to be involved in trafficking illegal drugs and theft. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.