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The most interesting and unusual things that we've learnt on road.cc over the past seven days...

1. Orica GreenEdge’s Mat Hayman had raced Paris-Roubaix on 14 previous occasions before winning last Sunday.
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2. 27 Russian sportspeople have failed tests for meldonium, the banned drug that hit the headlines when tennis player Maria Sharapova revealed she had tested positive.
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Paris Roubaix Maes - 2.jpg3. Despite claims to the contrary, Etixx - Quick-Step’s Nikolas Maes was not injured by a disc brake in Paris-Roubaix.
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4iiii Precision 20  - 3.jpg4. You can get a power meter that weighs just 9g.
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5. Possession or use of pepper spray in Belgium is punishable by one month to five years imprisonment and a fine of 100 to 25,000 euros.
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Alberto Contador with 2015 Giro d'Italia trophy (picture ANSA, Dal Zennaro)

 6. Alberto Contador won’t retire at the end of this season after all. 
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7. You can buy a bike from Ikea.
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Wiggins Victory finish line

8. Riding no handed could become illegal in Cyprus. 
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9. Even Fabian Cancellara can fall off his bike in embarrassing circumstances.
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10. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn makes an appearance on Google Street View riding his bike.
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11. The new Trek Domane has a decoupler at the front end that’s designed to increase vertical compliance by as much as 10%.
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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.