'I got the dreaded uh-oh email from Strava... he took my KOM by 15 seconds': Phil Gaimon wins battle over world's hardest segment

American holds 249 watts on gruelling five-hour Mauna Kea effort to reclaim crown

Phil Gaimon in an orange kit
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Retired pro cyclist Phil Gaimon has reclaimed the Strava KOM crown on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, an 89.5km climb considered to be the toughest in the world. 

The 38-year-old uploaded his Strava file on Tuesday, completing the segment in four hours, 52 minutes and 55 seconds, and shaving over six minutes off the previous best time, held by Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale rider Larry Warbasse

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