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Aussie wins fourth stage of Tour de Suisse

Australia's Michael Matthews out-sprinted Slovak Peter Sagan to win the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race on Tuesday as Dutchman Tom Dumoulin maintained his overall lead.

Aussie wins fourth stage of Tour de Suisse
Matthews (pictured above) won the fourth stage. Photo: Nuestrociclismo.com

In a stage that was always likely to end in a bunch sprint after 193 kilometres from Flims to Schwarzenbach, Orica's Matthews edged out stage three winner Sagan and Belgium's Greg van Avermaet.
   
Sagan came into the sprint as the favourite with already ten Swiss stage successes to his name but Matthews hunted him down in the final few metres to take his first victory at the event.
   
Dutchman Dumoulin leads Sagan, who took a time bonus on the line, by just a single second in the overall standings with Spaniard Daniel Moreno third.
   
However, the general classification is expected to be turned on its head after Wednesday's torturous 237-kilometre mountainous stage that will see the overall contenders come to the fore.
   
Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, third at last year's Tour de France, will expect to shine with less than three weeks to go before the Grand Boucle begins.
   
He's ideally placed at fourth overall, 15 seconds back from Dumoulin, and showed last month he has good climbing legs as he won a mountainous stage at Switzerland's Tour de Romandie.

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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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