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Video: Man versus Sheep - animal outpaces cyclist

It's no mountain goat - but creature has impressive turn of speed...

It's not unusual for some of the peloton's top climbers to be referred to as 'mountain goats,' but here's something we haven't seen before - a sheep outpacing a rider on an ascent, and from a standing start too.

The rider posted it to YouTube under user name PeowPeowPeowLasers, with the briefest of descriptions - "I had a race with a sheep and lost."

Given there hardly seemed to be a sheep in Yorkshire during the Tour de France Grand Depart weekend that hadn't been dyed yellow or green or been dappled with red polka dots,maybe our wooly friend was entitled to make a run for it as a bicycled came into sight?

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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