Thursday 14 November 2019

Team GB cycling hotel in Bradley Wiggins kit theft row

Andrew Hough

The hotel from which Bradley Wiggins had his Olympic kit stolen has denied it condones theft despite blaming an overzealous fan for scoring a "fantastic London 2012 souvenir".



The first British winner of the Tour de France posted on Twitter at the weekend how a “tea leaf” had infiltrated the hotel, based in Ottershaw, Surrey.





In a message posted on the micro-blogging site on Sunday night, which was later deleted, he wrote: “Watch your kit at the Foxhills spa in Surrey, there is a tea leaf about.”

The 32 year-old had declined to report the theft and the hotel said he did not use "secure digital lockers as recommended" by staff.



In response, the hotel issued a statement – a day after the Telegraph published a story on the incident – in which management appeared to condone the theft.



The hotel also appeared to blame Wiggins for leaving his kit unattended in the men's changing room as he used the sauna and shower facilities before the “overzealous fan” struck.



“Upon returning back to the locker room it seems that Cycling Fever has well and truly really hit the Surrey club as the Official Team GB training lycra were nowhere to be seen,” a spokesman said on Tuesday.



“It seems an overzealous fan has scored a fantastic London 2012 souvenir.”

The 32 year-old had declined to report the theft and the hotel said he did not use "secure digital lockers as recommended" by staff.



In response, the hotel issued a statement – a day after the Telegraph published a story on the incident – in which management appeared to condone the theft.



The hotel also appeared to blame Wiggins for leaving his kit unattended in the men's changing room as he used the sauna and shower facilities before the “overzealous fan” struck.



“Upon returning back to the locker room it seems that Cycling Fever has well and truly really hit the Surrey club as the Official Team GB training lycra were nowhere to be seen,” a spokesman said on Tuesday.



“It seems an overzealous fan has scored a fantastic London 2012 souvenir.”

Officials also issued a series of “clarifying” Tweets on its official Twitter site and insisted it did not want to “overshadow” the team’s racing.



They also “retweeted” a posting from one fan who wrote: “@bradwiggins - no point in naming @FoxhillsSurrey in something that was down to you. Thieves everywhere. Lock your gear up next time.”

Nestled in 400 acres of Surrey’s countryside, the complex, which charges up to £300 a night for rooms, has set aside 70 "luxury bedrooms and suites" as the Team GB road cycling team prepares for their races.



Wiggins is hoping to score gold for Team GB in Wednesday’s 44km (27 mile) road race, which starts and finishes at Hampton Court Palace.



If he finishes on the podium, he will hold one more than British rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave, who has five golds and a bronze. He competed in the road clycling event on Saturday.



Nestled in 400 acres of Surrey’s countryside, the complex charges up to £300 a night for rooms.



It has set aside 70 "luxury bedrooms and suites" as the Team GB road cycling team prepares for their races. It is located just a short distance from part of the route.



Telegraph.co.uk

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