Contador's Everesting record smashed by Ireland's Ronan McLaughlin

Alberto Contador at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images)

Alberto Contador lasted barely three weeks at the summit of cycling's trendiest climbing challenge, his Everesting record was been beaten by Irish former professional Ronan McLaughlin. 

Contador's benchmark was not just beaten, but obliterated. McLaughlin completed the challenge – where riders accrue 8848 metres of elevation gain to mimic the world's highest mountain – in seven hours and four minutes, some 23 minutes quicker than the retired seven-time Grand Tour winner. 

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