Belgian staff Lotto-Soudal were the sufferers of burglars at their staff lodge after degree 11 of the 2019 Excursion de France.
The WorldTour staff had been staying at a lodge in Blagnac, close to Toulouse the place degree 11 completed on Wednesday after they suffered the robbery of apparatus estimated to be value round €50,000, in step with French newspaper Los angeles Depeche.
The incident used to be first reported in French information, with stories pronouncing the incident came about round 9pm on Wednesday on the Vacation Inn in Blagnac. Thieves took apparatus from the Lotto-Soudal media staff, together with cameras and different pictures apparatus.
Groupama-FDJ and Cofidis had been additionally staying in the similar lodge. Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad stated the police had been known as and stayed till 2.30am doing forensic paintings, reporting that an American TV channel used to be additionally robbed. French police simplest commented to mention “we’ll catch him,” says Het Nieuwsblad. The staff haven’t begun to remark at the incident.
Lotto-Soudal have had a stellar 2019 Excursion de France thus far. Breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt passed the staff a degree victory after a sensational trip on degree 8 to Saint-Étienne, retaining off the attacking Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Fast-Step) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) to take the win having been within the breakaway all day.
The staff adopted that up with a degree victory the day of the theft. Australian Caleb Ewan, using his first Excursion de France, took the victory in a photograph end with Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen into Toulouse.
Tim Wellens has additionally held the polka dot jersey of the king of the mountains pageant since degree 3, however his lead would possibly come underneath risk because the Excursion hits its first Pyrenean degree on Thursday for degree 12.
The degree takes a class 4 climb earlier than two class one climbs, the Col de Peyresourde and the Horquette d’Ancizan earlier than the end in Bagnères-de-Bigorre after 209.5km.