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

1. Mario Cipollini’s mother sawed his bike in two to stop him riding away as a child.
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2. The maximum gradient of the Tour of Flanders’ Koppenberg climb is 22%
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3. When David Miller thought he’d finally finished Paris-Roubaix in his final season of racing and was enjoying a post-race drink, it turned out that he had another lap of the velodrome to complete. 
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4. 17 per cent of England’s road network (excluding London) is in poor condition.
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5. A Rapha jersey designed by Sir Paul Smith is on sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of £10,000.
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6. Greg Van Avermaet won Gent-Wevelgem at an average speed of 27.2mph (43.8km/h).
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7. Only one Chinese rider has completed the Tour de France.
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8. Sir Bradley Wiggins believes that Team Sky’s famous marginal gains philosophy is “a load of rubbish”.
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9. This year’s Giro d’Italia is 3,572.2km (2,219.7 miles) long.
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10. John Degenkolb of Trek-Segafredo has a passion for classic café racer motorcycles.
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11. World champion Peter Sagan picks up the coffee tab. 
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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.