11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on road.cc

1. World champion Peter Sagan believes current anti-doping rules make riders live like prisoners.
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2. You can get an electronic anti-lock braking system for bicycles.
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3. A pack of Cinelli’s Imperial Leather bar tape costs £84.
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4. The 2018 Commonwealth Games clash with the cobbled classics so Geraint Thomas won’t be able to defend his road race title.
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5. The Netherlands has achieved an 80 per cent reduction in the number of cyclists killed per kilometre over the last 30 years.
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6. Nottingham-based Kajsa Tylen has cycled 50,000km (31,068 miles) over the last 12 months, passing Billie Fleming’s 1938 record for the greatest distance cycled in a year by a woman.
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7. It’s possible to ride a unicycle while playing fire-breathing bagpipes.
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8. Yorkshire will bid to host the start of the Vuelta a España.
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9. An East London council could be the first in the UK to offer residents free delivery of their Christmas shopping by cargo bike if they've bought from local shops.
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10. Cycling on a motorway in Costa Rica could result in a £70 fine.
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11. The Cannondale SuperX 105 has a paintjob called Wow!

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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