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Britain’s Froome wins Tour de Romandie

British rider Chris Froome won the Tour de Romandie cycling race on Sunday — his third big win of the season.

Britain's Froome wins Tour de Romandie
Froome in action. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The 27-year-old Team Sky cyclist – the Olympic time-trial bronze medalist and second in last year's Tour de France – had 54 seconds to spare over second-placed Slovenian Simon Spilak while Portugal's Rui Costa filled third spot just as he did last year.

Germany's time-trial specialist Tony Martin displayed his expertise in the discipline by winning Sunday's final stage in Geneva.

Froome, already winner this season of the Tour of Oman and the International Criterium, will hope he goes on and replicates the Tour de France success of the past two winners of this race, Australia's Cadel Evans in 2011 and the Briton's compatriot and Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins last year.

Froome, born in South Africa and brought up in Kenya, said it was a good sign for his Tour de France bid but added there was still work to do.

 "It has been a really good week for us I am really happy with my condition now in the build-up to the Tour de France," said Froome.

"This week I couldn't have done it without the help of a really strong team around me.

 "Every day since the prologue, they have protected me and kept me at the front of the race. I owe it to them this week.

 "Every race I do now is a good test for me, to see exactly where my condition is and what I need to work on. It has been a really good experience for me this week.

  "It is definitely a good omen, but the Tour is still two months away and I need to do a lot of hard training before then."

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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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