Equipe Paule Ka has withdrawn from Tuesday’s Giro dell’Emilia following the theft of team bicycles in Bologna.
The women team announced that their Chapter2 bikes were stolen from the Amatì Design Hotel in Bologna and they offered a €5,000 reward for the return of the seven team bikes.
The thieves took five white Chapter2 Rere models and two black Chapter2 Huru models, and the team has asked anyone with information to contact them.
“It is with regret that we announce the withdrawal of Équipe Paule Ka from tomorrow’s Giro dell’Emilia. Following the theft of our Chapter2 Huru and Rere bicycles from the team hotel in Bologna, there was insufficient time to replace the bicycles ahead of the event. Team management has decided there is no other option but to withdraw from the race,” read the statement.
“This recent series of events has left everyone in the team extremely dismayed and frustrated, and we once again call upon anyone with information about the whereabouts of our bicycles to please contact us. We are still offering a reward of €5,000 for their safe return.”