Lance loses bike, wears @$$ out

February 17, 2009

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Having your bike stolen is quite a big deal. It has happened to me a few times and I must say I was pretty upset.

As is well known now, the same thing has happened to Lance Armstrong and the only difference is that LA’s bike was worth a good $10,000.

Back to racing after 3 1/2 years after retirement, the seven-times Tour de France champion had his time-trial bike stolen from a team bus in San Francisco.

Why all the fuss, you might ask? The money is hardly an issue after all.

But can you imagine a tennis player’s rackets disappearing ? A snooker player breaking all his cues? A golfer losing his clubs? Ian Poulter was so bothered about having his driver stolen last year that he pulled out of a tournament and what happened to the Texan was probably more serious. As he said on Twitter, there is only one like it in the world…

Armstrong spent a lot of time in a wind tunnel last November to work on his position and lay grounds for the design of his time-trial bike.

Although he presumably has some other bikes in store, having to borrow a vital piece of equipment from a team mate must be quite disturbing, no matter how long you tinker with the saddle. After all, just read his latest twitter…

“Hitting the sack early tonight. 2 days in the pouring rain has worn my old @$$ out.”

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I understand both Lance and Julien’s pain having been a victim of bike theft also, but I have a solution – the fold-up bike.
If Lance had one of these he could have folded it down after racing and taken into the press conference thus avoiding leaving the expensive bike lying around for some “chancer” to make his move.
They are also considerably cheaper and I hear are soon to be trialled in the sport of triathlon to add to the excitement.
Hope this helps?

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive

good suggestion, Patrick. crime goes up in recessionary times so all the teams will have to be on their guard. folding $99 bikes might just be the answer.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

FYI, that bike is actually worth $25,000. The classic road model he rides on regular stages costs around $12,000, but the TT model shown above, is considerably more expensive. Also, Sacramento police recovered it a short while ago (not long after recovering his teammate’s bike).

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive

Thanks for keeping us up to date, Andrew. Good news for Lance anyway.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

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