Selle San Marco hit by €1m saddle theft

Second cycling break-in on consecutive weekends

Week after details of the €1m theft of bikes, components and vehicles from team Lampre, another massive heist has taken place in Italy – this time at saddle specialist Selle San Marco.

According to the Italian firm, €1m (£827,000) of handmade saddles – about 6,000 – were boxed and ready for shipping when they were stolen between 29 and 30 November, a week after the Lampre theft, where Selle San Marco products were also part of the burglars' haul. The latest theft happened at the Selle San Marco factory warehouse in Rossano Veneto, about 70km from Venice and 250km from the Lampre theft.

The saddles included the top of the range Aspide Superleggera and the company believes the merchandise have been taken over the Italian border.

Selle San Marco said the theft happened at a critical time in the production cycle and said it will likely affect distribution of its 2014 models.

"Selle San Marco apologises in advance with their customers for the disruption that they will suffer in the upcoming days because of this," said a statement on the company website.

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