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Swiss cycling champ wins time-trial gold in Rio

Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara ensured his retirement at the end of the year would be golden by reclaiming the Olympic cycling time-trial title in Rio on Wednesday.

Swiss cycling champ wins time-trial gold in Rio
Cancellara will retire at the end of the season. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

The Beijing 2008 champion, who could finish only seventh in London four years ago after being affected by a crash in the road race, was totally dominant as he beat Tom Dumoulin into second and Tour de France champion Chris Froome into third.

Cancellara left this year's Tour de France early — after seeing the peloton pass through his native country — to focus on the Olympics.

His Olympics gold came a day after Heidi Diethelm Gerber from the canton of Thurgau picked up Switzerland's first medal at the Rio Games, winning bronze in the 25m pistol shooting event.

Gerber qualified for the Games after winning gold at last year's European Games in Baku.

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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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