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Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City can learn from the work ethic and attention to detail of Britain's all-conquering cyclists.

The City manager was given a guided tour of the Manchester velodrome, home of the Great Britain cycling team, by performance director Dave Brailsford.

British cyclists won seven out of a possible ten gold medals on the track at the London Olympics while the time-trial winner Bradley Wiggins also finished first in the Tour de France, ahead of Brit team-mate Chris Froome.

Brailsford, who is also team director of Wiggins' Team Sky, is known for his focus on the "aggregation of marginal gains," where small improvements in many areas can make a major difference.

And Mancini said: "I think there are ways we can improve and learn from other sports. Performance analysis is one area which is very strong in cycling and I think we can still improve on this, although there has been a lot of progress in recent years.

"I think that what I could learn from cyclists is that they work really hard. Sometimes we need to work more, because you can win only if you work hard and if you don't work hard, you can't win."

Brailsford has used sports psychologists and Mancini said it would "probably" be a good idea for City to do likewise, before joking that two would be required to treat Mario Balotelli alone.

The City manager has often been pictured cycling from his home to City's Carrington training ground and said he rides his bike three or four times a week.

A cycling fan, his heroes include the Italian Felice Grimondi and the five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.

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