Lotto-Soudal team suffer major theft from team hotel after Tour de France stage 11

The team lost around €50,000 worth of equipment

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Belgian team Lotto-Soudal have been the victims of burglars at their team hotel after stage 11 of the 2019 Tour de France.

The WorldTour team were staying at a hotel in Blagnac, near Toulouse where stage 11 finished on Wednesday when they suffered the theft of equipment estimated to be worth around €50,000, according to a team spokesperson.

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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.