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11 things we've learnt this week

Interesting, strange and downright weird stuff from the past seven days on

1. Mark Cavendish has more Tour de France stage wins to his name than anyone else in history apart from Eddy Merckx.
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2. A cyclist can survive a lightning strike by wearing headphones… and being very, very lucky.
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3. Specialized’s new lightweight tyres for its sponsored GC contenders in the Tour de France have an expected lifetime of just 750 miles.
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4. You can get a waterproof/breathable cycling jacket that weighs just 123g.
Find out more here. 


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5. Even a trials ace like Danny MacAskill doesn’t get it right every time. 
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AG2R Fizik handlebar tape video.png6. A pro mechanic can tape a handlebar in under two minutes, but that’s still not enough to impress some readers.
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2016 Etape modified route profile.jpg7. Falling rocks have forced the modification of the L’Etape du Tour route.
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8. The new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Dura-Ace we have in for test weighs just 6.4kg (14.1lb).
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9. Peter Sagan is racing the Tour de France on a bike with a matte black finish because it’s about 100g lighter than having a sparkly paint job.
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10. There’s such a thing as an interdenominational service for blessing people and their bikes and celebrating the gift of cycling. 
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11. Andre Greipel cuts a circular hole out of the uppers of his shoes.
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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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