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Cycling champ Hushovd out of Olympics

Norwegian Thor Hushovd, the 2010 world champion, on Monday announced that he was pulling out of the Olympic Games due to ill health.

Cycling champ Hushovd out of Olympics
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He said: "My priority is that Norway has the best possible road cycling team in London but unfortunately I can't compete as my body is not functioning at its highest level."

His manager, Atle Kvålsvoll, told AFP: "There is something in his body that is making it not react like it should. I don't know whether it's a virus or something else but we are trying to find the cause."

Last month the health problem forced Hushovd out of the Tour de France.

Hushovd's place in the Norwegian team will be taken up by Vegard Stake Laengen.

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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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