'This is a good one, a good one!'
exclaimed a smiling DESJOYEAUX punching the air as he crosses the finish line. It is DESJOYEAUX's sixth leg win on a Solitaire (in Ireland twice and in Gijon three times), a race that he has been title-holder of twice before; in 1992 and again in 1998. This win will hold a special place for DESJOYEAUX as it marks the first win in France for the ultimate sailor that ha won all the major solo races including the Vendée Globe, the Route du Rhum and the Transat.
Just 50 seconds later, in a battle right up to the finish line in the Rade de Brest, DUTHIL crossed the line to take second place. 'I put everything I had into it and am just completely drained,' he declared upon arrival. As a result, DUTHIL continues to lie ahead in the overall time rankings after the second leg with a 13 minute advantage over DESJOYEAUX.
MAHÉ completes the podium with a third place on the leg finishing just 2 minutes and 30 seconds behind the winner of the day in his hometown of Brest.
The first ten boats finished within 30 minutes of each other; among these, Christophe LEBAS (FRA) in fourth place the after a great performance lies just 4 minutes behind Foncia. Nicolas BÉRENGER (FRA), come in fifth and 6 minutes behind followed by another local sailor from Brest, Gildas MORVAN (FRA), Thierry CHABAGNY (FRA), seventh and 9 minutes Gérald VÉNIARD (FRA), Eric DROUGLAZET (FRA) and Thomas ROUXEL (FRA), make up the first ten in at Brest. The first rookie to finish was Vincent BIARNES (FRA) in 16th place.