As any one of the 106,993 people following Lance Armstrong on Twitter will know, he had his time trial bike stolen last night.
His black and yellow Livestrong Trek was stolen from Astana's truck. Armstrong himself broke the news on the Twitter feed (where else) saying; "Whoa!! They just came to my room and said our truck was broken into and someone stole my time trial bike! Wtf?!? APB out to the twitterati."
Perhaps following the lead of the Italian bicycle thieves who made off with Barloworld's bikes recently, some opportunistic American thieves decided to swing in to action in Sacramento the night after the race's prologue.
They do face one small problem though, it's the only bike of its kind, which makes it hard to sell on, so if you do see it for sale on the CTT forum, Twitter Lance for your reward.
Picture of the stolen bike
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989, started racing in the UK in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. As editor of Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races.
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