Gerolsteiner scraps cycling team amid doping scandals

German cycling team Gerolsteiner have withdrawn from all racing with immediate effect after the failed drugs test of Austrian rider Bernhard Kohl.

Gerolsteiner scraps cycling team amid doping scandals

On Monday it was announced Kohl, the best climber at this year’s Tour de France and third overall, tested positive for the latest generation of the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin), named CERA.

Kohl is the second Gerolsteiner rider, and fourth from the Tour de France after Italians Riccardo Ricco and Leonardo Piepoli, to test positive for the drug along with Germany’s Stefan Schumacher.

Gerolsteiner’s sponsorship of the team was set to come to an end at the end of this year, but the German mineral water company have decided to withdraw from the peloton with immediate effect.

It means they will not race this weekend’s Tour of Lombardy (Giro di Lombardia), the final one-day classic of the season. “The team will stop racing with immediate effect in accordance with our code of conduct,” said a Gerolsteiner press release.


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.