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
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) 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 became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.