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Froome retains lead in Swiss cycling race

Britain's race favourite Chris Froome held on to his overall lead in the Tour de Romandie cycling race in Switzerland as Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas won Thursday's second stage.

Froome retains lead in Swiss cycling race
Hostesses kiss Chris Froome after he won the Tour de Romandie prologue. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Garmkin rider Navardauskas won a sprint finish to the 190-kilometre stage from Prilly to Granges, crossing the line ahead of Italy's Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) and Belgian Omega Pharma rider Gianni Meersman, winner of the first stage, in a tme of 4 hours, 51 minutes and 49 seconds.
   
Froome holds on to the overall lead, having won Tuesday's prologue.

   
Froome is hoping to win the five-stage race in western Switzerland, which concludes on Sunday, as 
he steps up his preparations for this summer's Tour de France.
   
The two previous winners of this race, Australia's Cadel Evans (2011) and 
Froome's Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins last year went on to win the Tour de France.

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VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021

Demand for bicycles has soared in Europe during the coronavirus pandemic, but conversely the global supply is at record low levels, with consumers having to wait months or over a year for their bike of choice.

VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021
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Bikes are projected to outsell cars in Europe by two to one by 2030.   

But 2021 will not be an easy year to buy a bike in many European countries, especially if you have a particular model in mind. 

Firstly, there's been a huge surge in demand for bikes during the pandemic, as Europeans looked for ways to stay fit and move around more freely without having to worry about being exposed to Covid-19 on public transport.

On the flip side, bike production in China, which supplies almost the entire global market, has practically ground to a halt.

The same can be said for bicycle accessories and components, which are either not being produced in Chinese factories currently or held up for months in ports in Asia due to the reduction of capacity in shipping.

 

In this short report, video producer Alex Dunham explores the issue of Europe's bike shortage in 2021.

 

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