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11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on

1. Lance Armstrong was a dick to deny doping. He says so himself.
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2. Team Sky allegedly tested Viagra for its performance enhancing (on the bike!) benefits.
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3. Bosnia is the first country in the world to repeal a law making helmet use mandatory for cyclists of all ages and in all areas.

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4. Peter Sagan follows only 66 people on Twitter and one of them is a eight-year-old Ruby Isaacs from Northamptonshire.
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5. It takes 995 used Nespresso coffee pods to make the top tube, down tube and seatstays of a bike frame.
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6. Edinburgh could get a ski-style bike lift on one of its steepest hills.
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7. Rock band Kiss licenses a triathlon bike.

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8. High intensity interval training on a bike slows ageing. 
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9. The VW Polo newest diesel edition emits as much toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as an HGV with cargo.

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10. Raleigh once employed 7,000 workers and turned out more than a million bicycles a year. 
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Ceramic Speed Titanium.jpg11. CeramicSpeed’s 3D printed titanium jockey wheels cost US$1,700.
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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 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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Dr. Ko | 6 years ago

Sky - now with updated info finally the blue of the blue Sky band makes sense to me! And also that might explain the initial lack of results in classic as they did concentrate on endurance -obviously. And no need to question Bradleys bag contains anymore...

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