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German cyclist Sinkewitz announces January comeback

German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz, who admitted to doping last year, announced plans on Monday to make his comeback in January at the Tour of Majorca riding for Team PSK Whirlpool.

German cyclist Sinkewitz announces January comeback
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“I have signed a one-year contract,” the 28-year-old told German television channel TVnews Hessen. Having joined the Czech Republic-based team, Sinkewitz is looking forward to the five-day race around the Spanish island early next year.

After testing positive for the steroid hormone testosterone on June 8 2007, Sinkewitz was expelled for a year. As a result of his failed drugs test, German broadcasters ARD and ZDF both pulled the plug on broadcasting the Tour de France last year.

Sinkewitz, a former Tour of Germany winner, was sacked by his team T-Mobile during the 2007 Tour after the failed test. He later admitted to using blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) and having undergone blood transfusions.

The 27-year-old cyclist gave evidence to the German Cycling Federation’s (BDR) disciplinary committee last year to have his expected two-year ban reduced to a year and he was fined €40,000 (US$50,000). Sinkewitz’s ban expired on July 17 2008.

Sinkewitz insists he has learned his lesson. “The fact that I can cycle again is gigantic for me,” he said.”I have learned from my mistakes and would simply like to make a new start. This team offers a new perspective, which I need, and I will start with the Tour of Mallorca.”

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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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