Geraint Thomas appeals for return of Tour de France trophy after it was STOLEN from cycling show

GERAINT THOMAS has pleaded for his Tour de France trophy to be returned – after it was STOLEN from a cycling show.

The Coupe Omnisports, presented to each winner of the Yellow Jersey, was loaned to sponsors and Italian bike manufacturers Pinarello for display at the The Cycle Show in Birmingham.

Geraint Thomas is pleading for the return of his Tour De France trophy, the Coupe Omnisports

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Geraint Thomas is pleading for the return of his Tour De France trophy, the Coupe Omnisports

It was stolen from the NEC in Birmingham which was hosting The Cycle Show

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It was stolen from the NEC in Birmingham which was hosting The Cycle Show

But police are now investigating after organisers discovered it was missing at the end of the three-day event at the NEC last month.

Welshman Thomas, who won the Tour in July, said: “It’s incredibly unfortunate. It goes without saying, the trophy is of pretty limited value to whoever took it, but it means a lot to me and the team.

“What matters most are the amazing memories of an incredible summer, and no one can ever take those away from me.

“But a trophy is important, and hopefully whoever took it will have the good grace to return it.”

The Welshman will be given a replica trophy next year to put in his cabinet as a permanent reminder

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The Welshman will be given a replica trophy next year to put in his cabinet as a permanent reminder

He signed a new four-year deal with Team Sky last month after winning his maiden Grand Tour

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He signed a new four-year deal with Team Sky last month after winning his maiden Grand Tour

Geraint Thomas crosses the finish line to confirm Tour de France win and is presented the yellow jersey

A spokesman for Pinarello said: “We are obviously devastated about this.

“We accept full responsibility and have personally apologised to Geraint. Obviously we hope the trophy can be recovered.”

Thomas’ win in France was the first Grand Tour success of his 12-year career and he signed a new four-year deal with Team Sky in September.

He is set to be given a replica of the trophy next year as a permanent reminder of his success this summer.

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GERAINT THOMAS has pleaded for his Tour de France trophy to be returned – after it was STOLEN from a cycling show.