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Albasini wins second stage in Romandie race

Switzerland's Michael Albasini bagged his second straight win in the Tour de Romandie cycling race to consolidate his overall lead on Thursday's third stage.

Albasini wins second stage in Romandie race
Albasini makes it two in a row. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The OricaGreenedge prevailed in a bunch sprint after a hilly 172.5km ride from Moutier to Porrentruy, including the category two Col de la Croix.

He finished ahead of in-form Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and Italy's Damiano Caruso.

Albasini took the yellow jersey from Welsh rider Geraint Thomas on Wednesday and now holds a 20-second lead on his teammate Ivan Santaromita of Italy and Sky's Chris Froome, who has won the last two editions of the Tour de
Romandie.
   
The Brit remains one of the favourites to win the Tour, which ends on Sunday.
   
Friday's fourth stage will take the peloton on a 169.8km ride from Neuveville to Fribourg, ahead of Saturday's difficult mountain stage.

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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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