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Vincenzo Nibali’s record at Taiwan KOM Challenge falls to Ben Dyball

Vincenzo Nibali's record at Taiwan KOM Challenge falls to Ben Dyball

Australian Benjamin Dyball (Victoire Hiroshima) won the 2023 Taiwan KOM Challenge on Friday, breaking the record held by Vincenzo Nibali since 2017 by more than three minutes. The 34-year-old veteran completed the 105km climbing event, with its signature single ascent of 87km to Mount Hehaun, in 3:16:09. Nibali’s mark was 3:19:54.

Known as the ‘race through the clouds to the heavens.’ a mass field of more than 950 elite and non-elite riders started at sea level Qixingtan Beach Square on the Pacific Ocean in the dark and followed a route to the top of the mountain at WuLing at 3,275 metres, the highest paved road in elevation in Taiwan. After the first steady 18.5km, the clock began for the official uphill grind across the final 87km.

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