The CULT Energy Pro Cycling are competing in their first season as a professional cycling team, attempting to establish themselves in the Pro Continental level. Those plans were dealt a major blow by thieves who stole every piece of the team’s gear, forcing the team to withdraw from the French stage race Tour du Haut Var. The second stage is scheduled for today.
“It's terrible,” said team director Michael Skelde on the team’s website. “We had a car parked behind the truck, but the thieves must have moved it somehow and broken the lock on the truck. They took everything; bicycles, wheels and all equipment.”
Upcoming races also in danger
Skelde said that the team's participation in next week's one-day race Het Nieuwsblad is very questionable. That race would have been an a opportunity for the Danish team to ride against cyclings biggest names in one of the season's first classics.
CULT Energy Pro Cycling had been off to a good start to the Tour du Haut Var. The team’s two German riders, Fabian Wegmann and Linus Gerdemann were respectively fourth and ninth in the overall standings.