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11 things we've learnt this week

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

1. Betfair is offering odds of 9/1 that Laura and Jason Kenny will name the baby they’re expecting Lance.
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2. Vincenzo Nibali can pull a pretty mean one-handed wheelie.
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3. Nine out of 10 mountain bikers say riding off-road is important for their mental health.
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4. This might look like an aluminium Cannondale from Mario Cipollini’s Saeco era but there’s actually a modern SuperSix Evo lurking under the paintwork.
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5. A charity is challenging cyclists to ride the equivalent of the distance around the world in 12 hours at Preston Park Velodrome, Brighton.
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6. Lance Armstrong could face a bill of close to $100 million should he lose the whistleblower lawsuit initiated by his former US Postal Service team mate Floyd Landis.
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7. The longest elevated cycle path in the world is five miles long and 16 feet wide.
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8. Multi-time classics winner Tom Boonen has a diploma in alpaca farming. 
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9. There’s such a thing as a pedal-powered gritter and it is capable of carrying 50kg of salt to treat cycle lanes.
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10. You can now use emojis on Strava.
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11. Each hull of the Emirates Team New Zealand catamaran that will be raced in yachting’s America’s Cup this summer has a four-man pedal station to control systems for the wingsail and foils.
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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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