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ARD mulls return to Tour de France broadcast

German state broadcasters ARD are considering screening stages of the Tour de France again after refused to show live coverage since 2012 due to doping scandals in cycling.

ARD mulls return to Tour de France broadcast
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A decision will be taken at the end of the year, ARD chairman Lutz Marmor said on Wednesday at a press conference in Hanover.

Two years ago, both main German broadcasters ARD and ZDF pulled the plug on screening the world's top cycling race in Germany after repeated doping scandals rocked the sport.

But ARD's programme director Volker Herre says they feel the sport has made significant progress in the fight against doping in recent years.

"We are not making ourselve to be the judges of sport and cycling remains an attractive sport," Herre said. 

He also annouced that should the event find itself again gracing German televisions with a live feed, the broadcaster would also be focussing on the damage doping has done to the sport. 

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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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