Switzerland’s Albasini takes Romandie lead

Welsh rider Geraint Thomas surrendered his Tour de Romandie cycling race overall lead to Swiss rival Michael Albasini who won Wednesday's second stage, the 168.1-kilometre ride from Apples to St-Imier and took the yellow jersey.

Switzerland's Albasini takes Romandie lead
Albisini crosses the finish line in first place. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Albasini, who missed out on the yellow jersey by just 63 hundredths of a second on Tuesday in the team time-trial, edged out Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia and in-form Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who was second in both the Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Flèche-Wallonne in the past week.
Welsh rider Thomas finished over four minutes behind the winner at the end of the hilly stage.
Albasini's team-mate Ivan Santaromita is second, ten seconds adrift, while two-time defending champion Chris Froome of Britain is third, also trailing by ten seconds.
Thursday's third stage is a hilly 172.5-kilometre ride from Moutier and Porrentruy, including the category two Col de la Croix.

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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.