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Valverde bounces back with San Sebastian win

Spain's Alejandro Valverde bounced back from his Tour de France disappointment by winning Saturday's Clasica de San Sebastian.

Valverde bounces back with San Sebastian win
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The 34-year-old Movistar rider, who finished fourth at last month's Tour after being pushed off the podium in the final mountain stage, finished 14 seconds ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema and Spaniards Joaquim Rodriguez and Mikel Nieve.

Last year's winner of the 219.2km race over undulating terrain along the Basque coastline, Frenchman Tony Gallopin, was fifth at 26sec.

It was Valverde's second victory in the one-day race having triumphed in 2008.

The hilly Classic includes former Tour winner Miguel Indurain, former world champion Paolo Bettini and Ardennes Classics specialist Philippe Gilbert amongst its past champions.

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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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