VERONA, Italy (October 5th) - The Australian men's team had eight of their bikes stolen at the world cycling road race championships, a team spokesperson said on Friday. The thieves struck at the team's hotel in the town of Lazise, on the shores of Lake Garda just outside of Verona. Among the victims were three of the men's senior team - Matthew White, Matt Hayman and Cadel Evans - who are among the 11-man team bidding for victory in the men's road race on Sunday. Australia's recent world time trial champion Michael Rogers also had his training road bike stolen. A spokesperson for the team said that the team's mechanics had discovered the theft in the early hours of Friday morning.
The thieves are thought to have smashed the lock of a door at street level which led to the garage where all the team's equipment is being stored. (MH)