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Swiss cycling champ faces investigation over cheating allegations

Former world champion Fabian Cancellara could be investigated over accusations that he used a hidden motor in his bicycle, world governing body the UCI told AFP on Thursday.

Swiss cycling champ faces investigation over cheating allegations
Photo: Kristof Van Accom/AFP
“We can't rule out opening an investigation if new elements come into our possession,” a UCI spokesman said, confirming comments also made by UCI president David Lappartient to the Cyclingnews website.
   
“We need to know exactly what is behind this. Of course, I heard all the rumours, like everybody, and I just want to know exactly. So we will investigate, that is our job,” Lappartient said.
   
“I hope that this (mechanical doping) never happened in professional cycling. If this was the case, it would be a disaster for the image of cycling and that's why we have to fight.”
   
Lappartient was reacting to accusations made against Swiss star Cancellara by former cyclist Phil Gaimon in a new book.
   
“When you watch the footage, his accelerations don't look natural at all, like he's having trouble staying on the top of the pedals,” American rider Gaimon wrote.
   
Cancellara, who quit the sport in 2016, faced accusations that he was using a hidden motor following his wins at the 2010 Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
   
Cancellara has always denied the allegations.

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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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