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Carry on kissing? Spain’s Vuelta cycling race looks for lip service

Vuelta e Espana chiefs will set-up "a committee of experts" to rule on whether or not it is sexist or even appropriate for podium girls to carry on kissing the winners of the classic cycling race.

Carry on kissing? Spain's Vuelta cycling race looks for lip service
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Feminist groups in Spain want the tradition of attractive young women delivering chaste kisses on the cheeks of the daily stage and category winners halted, claiming it is demeaning.

“We are debating whether to kiss or not. We are not going to ban it because we are in a western society but we envisage that we not recommend the two kisses on the rider's cheeks,” said a defiant Javier Guillen, the head of Unipublic, the body that runs the three-week race.

The committee is expected to reveal its conclusions before the start of the event on August 19th.

Guillen said organisers could even introduce men to take part in the podium's daily prize giving.

“If we need to hire a steward, we will do it, we will alternate the awarding of prizes between hostesses and stewards,” said Guillen.

READ MORE: Spain overhauls tradition of 'sexist' double-barrelled surnames.

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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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