Significantly more remarkable, seemingly impossible, is the average finish time of all competitors: 11:23, with an unbelievable 5:34 average bike split. Either cyclists enjoyed an unprecedented 112-mile tailwind-aided ride, or the race was nearly draft-legal, or the course was short.
Even compared to two other European 16-hour cut-off races -- France and Switzerland -- the bike split stands out as too fast to be true.
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