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Cycling: Italian Rabottini banned for doping

Italian Matteo Rabottini was on Wednesday suspended for 21 months for using the banned blood booster EPO, cycling's world body the UCI announced.

Cycling: Italian Rabottini banned for doping
Matteo Rabottini after winning the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Luk Benies/AFP

The 27-year-old, who rides for the Neri Sottoli team, tested positive for erythropoietin in an out-of-competition control on August 7th, 2014.

The climb specialist who won the 2012 Tour of Italy king of the mountains jersey and an impressive mountain stage win, will be eligible to return to the peloton in May, 2016.

He escaped the maximum two-year ban for this nature of offence due to his cooperation with the anti-doping authorities.

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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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