Danish team Cult Energy were forced to abandon Haut Var today after thieves broke in to their truck overnight and took everything. Fabian Wegmann had finished fourth on yesterday’s first stage in the south of France.
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In a statement on their website the team confirmed Wegmann wouldn’t be taking the start of today’s 195km stage that starts and finishes in Draguignan.
“It’s just devastating. We had a car parked in front of the back of the truck, so the thieves somehow must have moved the car and then broke the lock to the truck.” DS Michael Skelde said. “They stole everything. Bikes, wheels and all our equipment. Now, we’re waiting for the police to show up and start their investigation. We won’t be racing today and I reckon it’s doubtful that we will be ready for next week’s Het Nieuwsblad. I’m hoping for a miracle.”
This is a regular occurance in the south of France. Last year thieves targeted the Team Sky truck, taking all but two bikes on the eve of the race. They were only able to continue as their base in Nice where they have more equipment was so close.