Shortly after launching in UK last month, Chinese bike-sharing giant Mobike announced Tuesday that it’s pedaling its way to a second stop in Europe—Italy—in an extended competition with its arch-rival ofo for the global market.

The firm said it would first launch several hundreds of Mobikes in Florence across selected high-demand areas with a promotion rate of EUR 0.3 per 30 minutes during the trial stage. Official service will available to all of Florence and Milan starting August with the plan to launch around 4,000 bikes in each of the two cities.

Mobike has been in a land grabbing battle with ofo in the domestic market, and the two bike rental powers are now expanding competition overseas gradually since the beginning of this year. They are both targeting at key markets like Singapore and UK and are have been busy piling up ammunitions for a larger scale competition with large funding rounds.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.