Yes. In case you're wondering, I did in fact time my ascent to see how I compare to professionals who are finishing up the race. And no, I didn't do all that badly, though my legs were just a little fresher, since I took the train from Milan. In the long run, I think the bell put a dent into my time, as it surely hindered the otherwise flawless aero properties of the frame.
It wasn't until I got back to the hotel, and my wife asked how I had found my way to the places I wanted to see, and then back, that I realized something. Through watching the race, I had a nearly flawless mental model of the final climbs of the race, intersections, corners, landmarks, and what roads to take the whole time. I began to wonder what other places in Europe I could do that in.