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Spanish cyclist dies from crash near Vuelta finale

A 29-year-old Spanish woman has died after crashing into a wall on her bike near the finish line of the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday.

Spanish cyclist dies from crash near Vuelta finale
The accident took place around midday local time just a few hours before Tour de France champion Chris Froome all but sealed the overall race victory. PHOTO: JOSE JORDAN / AFP
The 20th stage of the three-week race around Spain took place in poor weather conditions with rain and fog affecting the climb to Alto de l'Angliru in the north-western region of Asturias.
 
“The young cyclist… died as a consequence of severe injuries suffered after losing control of her bike and colliding with a wall,” the Asturian centre of emergency coordination said in a statement. “It appears the accident took place after the brakes failed.”
 
The accident took place around midday local time just a few hours before Tour de France champion Chris Froome all but sealed the overall race victory.
 
The victim was transferred by helicopter to a hospital in the city of Oviedo, where she passed away.

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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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