A TOP cyclist was kidnapped and robbed of more than half a million pounds.
Miguel Ángel López was reportedly approached near his farm in Pesca, Boyaca in Colombia before being held against his will at his family home for several hours.
Lopez, 29, was eventually set free and went to the local police station to file a report.
He had his Ford truck, mobile phone and £653,000 stolen by his kidnappers.
Colombian news outlets reported that the incident occurred on Thursday at 5pm.
Colonel María Margarita Mantilla said: "They detained him and stole his Ford truck, a cell phone and $800,000.
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"Around 10:30 at night, López approached the Sogamoso police station and filed a complaint."
Lopez used to ride for Movistar, Astana and Medellín teams before his career was put on hold.
The 29-year-old is currently suspended by the UCI, the sport's governing body, due to a potential anti-doping rule violation.
His suspension was announced in July of this year.
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Lopez left team Astana in December 2022 when he saw his contract terminated.
He had been at the team for five years between 2015 and 2020.
Lopez then spent a year at Movistar by signing a one-year contract for the 2021 season.
However, he returned to Astana a year later.
During his cycling career, he won a stage at the Tour de France in 2020 and the Young rider classification at the Giro d'Italia in 2018 and 2019.
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