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Romanian drug bust leads to recovery of Italian team's stolen bikes

Romanian drug bust leads to recovery of Italian team's stolen bikes

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Stab Velodrome, Roubaix, France - October 23, 2021 General view during the women's madison final REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

Romanian police searching for illegal drugs have recovered 21 bicycles belonging to the Italian track cycling team that were stolen during the World Championships in Roubaix, France, last week.

Police from the Romanian Organised Crime Brigade found the bikes in raids on 14 homes in the city of Galati during a crackdown on a suspected drug-trafficking gang.

Police said in a statement on Friday they had detained four suspects who were believed to have stolen 22 bikes - valued at some 600,000 euros (US$693,660) - belonging to the Italian team.

Police did not say why one bike was not recovered.

Media reported that one of the stolen cycles was a gold-coloured Pinarello Bolide track bike that Filippo Ganna rode to victory in the men's team pursuit event at the worlds.

If was not clear if that was the one that was not recovered.

Italian delegation head Roberto Amadio said last week that the theft of the bikes from the team's hotel parking lot in Lille was the work of "well-organised professionals."

(US$1 = 0.8650 euros)

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Source: Reuters


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