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Frenchman clinches first Tour de Andalucia stage

Frenchman Jonathan Hivert has won the first stage of the Tour de Andalucia, a 164-kilometre ride from San Fernando to Ubrique.

Frenchman clinches first Tour de Andalucia stage
Jonathan Hivert (white jersey) fights off opposition in the final metres of the Tour de Andalucia's first stage. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The 27-year-old – who is in top form having won France's first professional race of the season the Etoile de Besseges in early February – prevailed on Monday in a sprint finish ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde and Dutchman Bauke Mollema.

Movistar rider Valverde retained the overall lead, holding a seven-second advantage over Belgium's Jurgen Van den Broeck and Mollema, who is another four seconds back, after the Spaniard won Sunday's prologue.

Hivert is eighth overall and 25 seconds off the lead.

Tuesday's second stage is the 194km ride from Trebujena to Montilla.

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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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