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Frenchman Pinot stays in Tour de Suisse lead

French rider Thibaut Pinot, of the FDJ team, remained in the lead of the Tour de Suisse cycling race on Saturday after the eighth and penultimate stage won by Astana cyclist Alexey Lutsenko.

Frenchman Pinot stays in Tour de Suisse lead
French rider Thibaut Pinot. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kazakhstan's Lutsenko took the honours over the 152.5-kilometre stage in and around Bern.
   
Belgium's Jan Bakelants, of AG2R, and France's Warren Barguil of the Giant team came in second and third respectively.
   
“This is the biggest win of my career,” said Lutsenko, a former under-23 world champion.

“I paced my attack 20 kilometres from the finish. I wasn't too worried about Bakelants as I knew I could beat him in a sprint.”
   
Pinot again lost time in the overall standings as closest rival Geraint Thomas of the Sky team chipped three seconds off the Frenchman's lead.
   
He has now surrendered a total of 13 seconds over the last three stages which could prove costly in Sunday's concluding stage, a 38-kilometre trial on the streets of Bern.

Pinot will take an overall lead of 34 seconds over Thomas into Sunday’s finale while Slovenia's Simon Spilak is 47 seconds off the lead.

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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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