Tour de France winner asks thief who stole trophy to have ‘good grace to return it’


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<p"It goes without saying that the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it, but means a lot to me and to the team," Thomas said in the press release. "Hopefully, whoever took it will have the good grace to return it. A trophy is important, but clearly what matters most are the amazing memories from this incredible summer –- and no one can ever take those away."

<pThe Coupe Omnisports trophy was on display alongside the Vuelta de Espana and Giro d’Italia trophies, which had been awarded to Thomas' teammate, Chris Froome. Only the Coupe Omnisports trophy was stolen.


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<pTeam Sky had loaned the trophies to bicycle manufacturers Pinarello so that fans across the U.K. could have the chance to see it. Team Sky officials said that while organizers were clearing up after the Cycle Show on Sept. 29, Thomas' trophy "was momentarily left unattended and stolen."



<pRichard Hemington, Pinarello's managing director, apologized to Thomas on behalf of the company.

<p"We are obviously devastated about this," Hemington said in a statement. "We accept full responsibility and have personally apologized to Geraint. Obviously we all hope that the trophy can be recovered."