Bike Bettini used to win world cycling championship stolen in Italy

Updated: October 6, 2007, 9:33 AM ET
Reuters

MILAN -- Thieves have stolen the bike used by Paolo Bettini to retain his world title in Stuttgart last weekend.

A vehicle belonging to the Quickstep team was robbed late on Friday in the northern Italian town of Reggio Emilia with 21 bikes worth a total of $212,500 taken.

"It was the bike from the world championships, I wanted to keep it," Bettini told reporters.

Bettini, who is considering retirement at the end of the year, has said he "talked" with the bike to bond with it ahead of his tilt at a second successive world crown last Saturday.

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