Sacremento (California, US), Feb.16 (ANI): Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has revealed that someone stole his 10,000-dollar one-of-a-kind bicycle from his team's van, which had been parked in downtown Sacramento on Saturday night.
Sacramento authorities said Sunday afternoon that the theft of Armstrong's bike and three others in the truck had the Police Department's full attention.
"This is not just a property crime.These bikes are in the thousands and thousands of dollars. This is definitely different. This is a high-profile victim, during a high-profile event, and a high-value object," the Sacremento Bee newspaper quoted Officer Konrad Von Schoech, a city police spokesman, as saying.
The theft put a blemish on Sacramento's hosting of a hugely attended opening prologue Saturday of the Amgen Tour of California, which attracted the most celebrated cyclists racing today.
Early Sunday, officials from Armstrong's Team Astana and Armstrong himself reported on their twitter.com feeds that the black and gold bike he used in the time trials was missing from the team truck.Also stolen were bikes belonging to Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito and Yaroslav Popovych.
Despite the setback, the team raced Sunday in the 108-mile Stage 1 leg from Davis to Santa Rosa.
Officials said Armstrong has a backup bike for the Solvang time trial later in the tour, and the other riders will have bikes. (ANI)