Former pro and Le Col owner Yanto Barker offers reward for stolen Colnago bikes

Le Col are offering £1,000 worth of kit for anyone who helps recover the bikes

Yanto Barker is appealing for help after two of his bikes were stolen (Picture: Twitter/ Yanto Barker)

Former pro Yanto Barker is offering a hefty reward after two of his Colnago bikes were stolen.

Barker, the founder of Le Col clothing brand, is offering £1,000 worth of kit for anyone who provides info that helps him recover the bikes.

The bikes, a Colnago Concept and a Prestige cyclocross bike, were stolen from the Richmond/Twickenham area of south-west London.

Barker shared pictures of the two stolen machines on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

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The Colnago Concept 52s is black and gold with a Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, while the Prestige is red, green and white with Sram components.

Barker, who rode for One Pro Cycling before his retirement in 2016, said on Twitter: “Please share and keep a look out.”

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Le Col’s Twitter account also shared the images, with the brand offering a reward of kit worth £1,000 for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the bikes’ recovery.

The brand said: “Stolen: Le Col founder Yanto Barker has had two Colnagos stolen in south-west London."

“Reward: £1,000 worth of Le Col kit for info info leading to recovery of the bikes.”

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Earlier this week, masked thieves broken into the newly opened 3T factory in Italy and stole 20 bikes.

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A group of six to eight people gained entry to the warehouse by drilling a hole through a one-meter thick wall.

Thieves stole 20 bikes including a custom painted Exploro, done by Italian frame builder Dario Pegoretti who died in recent months.

Both Strada and Exploro model bikes were stolen in the raid, and 3T are asking anyone with information to help identify the thieves or find the bikes.

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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 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.