Manx Missile Max Cavendish has said he and his family were burgled by four masked and armed men.
Cav, who is recovering following a crash in Belgium, said the incident took place in the early hours of November 27 at the family home in Essex.
Taking to Twitter, he said: ‘In the early hours of 27th November, while recovering at our Essex family home shortly after leaving Intensive Care, 4 masked and armed men forced their way into our home as we slept, threatened my wife and children and violently attacked me. At Knifepoint, they proceeded to ransack our belongings.
‘Amongst what was taken, were 2 watching of great sentiment and value. But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, safety, privacy and dignity that my young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home.
‘The effect that this nightmare has had on my family is already heartbreakingly evident.’