Astana Team Bikes Stolen

Zachary MainoContributor IFebruary 15, 2009

Police in Sacramento are investigating the theft of four Team Astana bikes, including Lance Armstrong's time trial bike, from behind a team truck overnight.

Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong, and Trek liaison Ben Coates reported on their accounts Sunday morning that the four bikes were stolen.

Armstrong posted a picture of his stolen Trek through his Twitter account. "There is only one like it in the world therefore hard to pawn it off. Reward being offered," he wrote.

Coates stated, "Lance’s TT bike was stolen this morning along with three other Astana team road bikes. The stolen TT is the only one of its kind and can easily be spotted."

SRAM marketing director Michael Zellmann also confirmed the theft, noting that Armstrong's bike had prototype SRAM time trial shifters, the 1090 R2C shifters, and a wireless SRM wattage meter.

The other three bikes stolen were road bikes belonging to Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito, and Yaroslav Popovych.

Armstrong has a backup time trial bike with a different paint job that he could use in the Solvang time trial on Friday if the stolen bike is not recovered.