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11 things we’ve learnt this week

Interesting stuff from the past 7 days on road.cc

1 Chris Froome had a VO2 max (the maximum volume of oxygen consumption during exercise, measured in millilitres per kilogram of bodyweight per minute) of 88.2 during this year’s Tour de France, compared to 35-40 for the average untrained male.
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2 In 1992, more than 97% of households in China owned a bicycle.
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Katusha SRAM eTap 5.jpg3 Team Katusha is switching from Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 to SRAM’s new eTAP wireless drivetrain for 2016.
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4 Cycling on the road makes you a better driver and could lower your car insurance premium.
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Lismore bike tree (via Facebook)5 The town of Lismore in New South Wales, Australia, has installed a brightly-coloured recycled-bicycle Christmas tree. 
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6 Mark Cavendish is pretty handy on a motorbike.
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7 A spoonful of sugar dissolved in water could give you more of a performance boost than some sports drinks that contain only glucose. 
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8 When he discovered that Miguel Indurain was going to be present at his Hour Record attempt, Bradley WIggins asked his wife to bring along one of Indurain's yellow jerseys so that it could be signed.
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cycling caps 1.png9 There’s an etiquette to wearing a cycling cap.
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10 Ridley Scott directed the famous Hovis ad that featured a delivery boy riding up a steep, cobbled hill. No, really.
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11 Pink bikes can attract the attention of the police.
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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