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Tour of Britain cycling team devastated as ALL 14 bikes are stolen from mechanic's van

One of the teams involved in the Women's Tour of Britain has had all 14 of its bikes stolen.

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The Tour of Britain's first stage concluded in Llandudno yesterday. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The Lifeplus – Wahoo team posted about the theft on social media, revealed all the bikes had been taken from a mechanic's van which had been parked in Whitchurch.

The tour began yesterday in Welshpool, and the first stage finished in Llandudno.

It is due to resume in Wrexham today.

But the Lifeplus – Wahoo team revealed earlier this morning that it was having to find a solution to get its riders on the starting line.

It said that the bikes, which are worth an estimated £56,000, had all been taken from the van parked at the Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel in Whitchurch.

The post on social media said: "We woke this morning to find all 14 of our Ribble Endurance SLR bikes stolen from our mechanic's van.

"We are hoping to find a solution to enable us to start in Wrexham today.

"Stolen from Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Whitchurch, Shropshire."

Detective Sergeant Rob Davies, from Shropshire’s Serious Acquisitive Crime Team, said: “We received a report this morning that 14 Ribble Endurance SLR bikes had been taken from a van parked at the Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel in Whitchurch.

“We believe the bikes were taken overnight and would encourage anyone who was in the area, or may have any CCTV or dash-cam footage, between midnight and 7am this morning to contact my team by emailing”

Alternatively people can contact anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

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