"The Russian team have had all of their bikes stolen at the cycling world championships, team leader Alexandr Kolobnev said on Saturday.
"Police at work... Stolen ALL the bikes last night. No start tomorrow," Kolobnev, a silver medallist at the world championships road race in 2007 and 2009, wrote on his Twitter feed.
A similar incident happened in February when the Garmin-Sharp team had all their bikes stolen during the Tour Mediterranéen in France.
The men's elite road race will be held on Sunday over 272.3 kilometres from Lucca to Florence.
"Police at work... Stolen ALL the bikes last night. No start tomorrow,"
Above The Cows wrote:
It was Pat. He's got to fund his retirement somehow.
Apparently a number of the riders have already recieved and tested new bikes . kolobnev , Sergey Chernetskiy and Yuri Trofimov have all tried and tested new bikes and will ride tomorrow.