Emanuel Buchmann's Everesting record invalid after rule break

The German rider thought he'd completed the challenge in a new fastest time of seven hours and 28 minutes

Emanuel Buchmann (Photo by Stefan Schopf/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

(Image credit: Future Publishing via Getty Imag)

Emanuel Buchmann's new Everesting record has been deemed invalid by the organisers of the challenge, despite the German thinking he'd smashed the best-ever time by 12 minutes.

The Bora-Hansgrohe climber undertook the challenge in the Alpine valley of Ötzal in Austria, with the WorldTour outfit saying their rider had ascended 8,848m, the height of Mount Everest, in just seven hours and 28 minutes. If valid, this time would have been more than 10 minutes faster than the previous best time of seven hours and 40 minutes set by American Keegan Swenson.

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