A €12,000 bike stolen at the Vuelta a Espana has been recovered from a Malaga second-hand shop.

The bike, which belonged to one of the riders, was on offer for just €120.

THE BICYCLE THIEF: Spanish police recover Vuelta a Espana bike
THE BICYCLE THIEF: Spanish police recover Vuelta a Espana bike

It was pilfered on the third stage of the Grand Tour through Malaga.

Spanish police said: “We are going to offer a jersey with stripes for the person who stole the Orica GreenEdge bicycle – the final stage is jail.”

The Australian team had not yet reported the theft.

Meanwhile, Fabio Aru won the Vuelta a Espana after surviving Sunday’s ceremonial final stage to Madrid.

The Italian rider claimed his first Grand Tour with John Degenkolb taking the stage win, his 10th at the Vuelta.

Aru, who assumed Astana’s leadership after Vincenzo Nibali was disqualified, finished 56 seconds ahead of second-placed Joaquim Rodriguez.

Poland’s Rafal Majka made up the final podium place, one minute and nine seconds down from Aru.

Aru said: “Vincenzo (Nibali) is a great rider, he’s won grand tours, so in our team it’s not a question of being a leader or not being a leader.”

Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde took the green points jersey after his compatriot Rodriguez suffered a puncture on Sunday’s stage.

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