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Ireland’s Aqua Blue bus victim of Vuelta arson attack

Irish cycling team Aqua Blue Sport's bus at the Vuelta a Espana was badly damaged by fire after an arson attack early Thursday, the team confirmed.

Ireland's Aqua Blue bus victim of Vuelta arson attack
The damaged bus pictured on Thursday. Photo: AquaBlueSport/ Twitter

A suspect has been arrested after the incident in the southern Spanish city of Almeria.

“Our team bus has been completely damaged in a cowardly arson attack over night,” Aqua Blue posted on their Twitter account, alongside a series of pictures of the damaged vehicle.

“No one was injured. Police have arrested a suspect.”   

Aqua Blue were still to take their place in Thursday's 12th stage from Motril to Antequera.

“Nothing is going to stop us starting today's La Vuelta stage. Thank you for all the support,” the team added on Twitter.

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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
Photo: Stocksnap/Pixabay

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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