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Norwegian cyclist wins Arctic Race

Thor Hushovd powered to victory in the fourth and final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday afternoon, making the Norwegian the overall winner in the event's inaugural race.

Norwegian cyclist wins Arctic Race
Hushovd (BMC Racing, in red suit) during the fourth and final leg of the race Arctic Race of Norway - Vegard Grøtt / NTB Scanpix
 
The 35-year-old beat Germany's Paul Martens in the 155 km stage between Sortland and Harstad in northern Norway. 
 
"It's Fantastic! I came here with two goals: to win one stage and to win overall, and I did both today," Hushovd told Norway's TV 2 at the finishing line. "It was hard, but it was insanely fun to win." 
 
The race, which took place for the first time this year, was organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation, which also organises the Tour de France. 
 
Hushovd, arguably Norway's greatest ever cyclist, was in 2010 the first Norwegian to win a stage in the Tour de France. 
 

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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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