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In front of 263 competitors including 224 men, Fiona Kolbinger wins a 4000 km cycling race without assistance
Fiona Kolbinger, Monday, August 5 on the roads of the Finistère. DAMIEN MEYER / AFP

It's a first in the history of ultra-endurance cycling. Athlete Fiona Kolbinger, 24, won a victory in the Transcontinental on Tuesday, August 6 in the morning (7:48 am), a mammoth 4,000-kilometer race. very in total autonomy and without assistance. In ten days, two hours and forty-eight minutes, the young German ahead her 263 competitors, among whom were forty women.

All along this journey left July 27 in Burgas, Bulgaria, the amateur has held a hellish pace. Every day, she spent between fifteen and seventeen hours, giving herself a maximum of four hours of sleep, to win as soon as possible her final destination: the Breton city of Brest.

No definite course

Founded in 2013 for "To revive the golden age of cycling, with the means of XXIe century  », the Transcontinental has the originality of not imposing a course for committed riders, but only four points of passage. This year it was Bouzloudja (Bulgaria), Besna Kobila (Serbia), the Gardena pass, in the Alps of l'Ã-tztal (Italy), and Alpe d 'Huez (La France). Runners are free to deal with these constraints, which reveals a variety of strategies. Fiona Kolbinger chose to pass by the Col du Galibier, as Thibaut Pinot veiled a few weeks on the roads of the Tour de France.

The race, dubbed the "Vendée Globe cycliste", also requires no outside support for repairs, refueling or rest. Cyclists only have what they carry with them, and only consume what they find on their way. Most sleep where they can, who in the ditches or under bus shelters, reports as well The cross.

It was the first time that Fiona Kolbinger jumped on this competition, and "This is the main feat of his performance.", stresses Tuesday morning the organization of the race. "I'm so surprised to win. I was aiming for the women's podium, I did not think I could win the race. "replied Kolbinger, on the official website of the organizers. The line just crossed, the young woman, who works in the field of cancer research in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, had however estimated that she "Could have pushed back a bit more".

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