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Australian wins Tour de Romandie

A powerful final day time-trial from Richie Porte saw the Australian BMC leader clinch the Tour de Romandie on Sunday by relegating Britain's overnight leader Simon Yates into second.

Australian wins Tour de Romandie
Richie Porte celebrates his win. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
The 32-year-old Porte is only the second Australian to win the one week tour after Cadel Evans in both 2006 and 2011.
   
Yates had taken the overall lead on Saturday but had only a 19-second lead on Porte ahead of the challenging 17.8km time trial.
   
Sunday's stage was won by Slovenia's Primoz Roglic ahead of Porte six seconds back in second and his teammate Tejay Van Garderen in third.
   
Porte ended top of the overall standings 21 seconds ahead of Yates in second, with Roglic's stage win lifting him to an impressive third overall.

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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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On the flip side, bike production in China, which supplies almost the entire global market, has practically ground to a halt.

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