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In pictures: Tour de France ends Swiss trip in 35C heat

Russian Ilnur Zakarin won Wednesday's 17th stage of the Tour de France on its final day in Swizterland.

In pictures: Tour de France ends Swiss trip in 35C heat
Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Zakarin won the 184.5km alpine stage from Bern to Finhaut and the Emosson dam by 55sec ahead of Sunday's 15th stage winner Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia, with Poland's Rafal Majka third at 1min 26sec.

The crowds came out to cheer the peloton along the tough route in 35C temperatures on what was the hottest day of the year in Switzerland so far.
 
Colombia's Nairo Quintana was the big loser, struggling in the final 2km and giving up another 28sec to Chris Froome, who pulled clear of all his main rivals except Australian Richie Porte.
 
Defending champion Froome followed an attack from Porte that none of his rivals could follow, with Quintana looking particularly vulnerable.

 
Froome, who finished the stage in 11th place, extended his lead over second-placed Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands by 40sec to 2:27, with young Briton Adam Yates third at 2:53.
   
But the 23-year-old Yates lost only 8sec to his compatriot Froome and is closing in on second place.
   
Quintana, who initially tried to follow Porte's attack and then Froome's chase before dropping off, is still fourth but now 3:27 behind.

Tasmanian Porte, who until last year was a team-mate of Froome at Sky, was the big winner as he moved up to sixth and continues to creep up on a podium position.

See the stage in pictures with our gallery:

IN PICTURES: the Tour de France comes to Switzerland

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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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