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11 things we’ve learnt this week

Interesting, odd and downright weird stuff we've seen on road.cc over the past seven days...

1. Mark Cavendish has reportedly earned a place in the Team GB cycling squad for the Rio Olympic games, although it has yet to be announced.
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Team Sky waterbottles - 1.jpg2. Team Sky uses up to 35,000 drinks bottles per year. 
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3. You can sometimes have a stolen bike returned to you even if you don’t report it stolen.
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4. Alejandro Valverde’s Fleche Wallonne victory this week came a decade after he first won the race.
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5. Very sophisticated hidden motors inside race bikes could be triggered by a rider’s heart rate exceeding a certain level.
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6. You can buy Dani King’s Colnago V1-r race bike for $6,500.
Find out more here.

7. Half of London’t bikes aren’t roadworthy, according to a mobile bike repair firm.
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8. Strava doesn’t sanction cyclists who have been caught doping.
Find out more here. 

 

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9. Hidden motors were used by top riders at the 2015 Tour de France, according to a Franco-Italian investigation.
Find out more here. 

 

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10. You can buy a Grand Tour colouring in book. 
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11. You can’t now use a disc-equipped bike in many French sportives, including L’Etape du Tour.
Find out more here. 

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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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