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Anti-doping agency wants Fuentes evidence

The lawyer representing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said blood bags seized from Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes should be released for inspection if the Spanish authorities strong stance on doping is to be believed.

Berta Aguinaga made specific reference to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission's visit to Madrid this week as part of the city's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Assurances were made to the Commission that a proposed new statute which would bring Spanish law into line with the WADA code on doping would be passed by June, three months before IOC members make a final decision on who will host the Games.

And Aguinaga argued that should Magistrate Julia Patricia Santamaria refuse to grant WADA access to the blood bags seized from flats belonging to Fuentes, it would send a conflicting message.

"During these days we have heard the authorities say a lot about Spain's real commitment against doping," she told the court.

"I hope that is materialised in the handing over of the bags." 

Aguinaga also repeated calls made earlier in the week by counsel for the International Cycling Union for six Spanish cyclists who gave evidence to be indicted for perjury.

She said that Angel Vicioso, Isidro Nozal, Joseba Beloki, Unai Osa, David Etxebarria and Marcos Serrano had "flagrantly failed to tell the truth by denying the obvious."

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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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