VIDEO: Cyclist survives 12-metre fall into lake

Professional cyclist Arnold Fiek was looking for an adrenaline rush when he took part in the Gran Premio di Lugano cycle race - but he probably wasn't imagining this.

VIDEO: Cyclist survives 12-metre fall into lake
Photo: Screengrab/Gazzetta dello Sport

The 22-year-old German fell 39 feet into Lake Lugano during the first few kilometres of the race on Sunday. Luckily, he did not hit his head and was able to swim to a wooden plank, which he climbed onto and waited for a rescue boat.

Fiek was taken directly to hospital, but incredibly suffered only a mild fracture to the hip and minor bruising. He was discharged from the hospital on Monday, just 24 hours after the fall.

The accident occurred when the cyclist hit a railing after coming round a bend on a particularly slippery stretch of road.

In the interview below, conducted in English by the Gazzetta dello Sport, Fiek seems remarkably unfazed as he explains what happened, but says that at the time he thought he was about to die.

“I was very very lucky,” he says, adding: “When I was falling in the water, I thought 'it's ending'. When I swam out of the water, I think 'OK, not so bad.”

The cyclist will be taking a six-week break from sport, but is already thinking about getting back on the bike.



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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
Photo: Stocksnap/Pixabay

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.