Cult Energy abandon Haut Var after thieves empty team truck

Bike thieves target Danish team at Haut Var, stealing bikes and equipment and forcing them to abandon the race.

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.

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.

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“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.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for 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. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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