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9 August 2007, 12:23 pm
DESJOYEAUX Wins Second Leg In Figaro Race
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Michel DESJOYEAUX celebrates victory in leg 2

La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro 2007
Brest, France

Michel DESJOYEAUX (FRA) sailing Foncia) crossed the finish line of the second leg of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro at 05:19:05 on Wednesday morning to win the 344-mile race between Crosshaven and Brest sailing at an average 8.41 knots.
DESJOYEAUX crossed the finish line just 50 seconds ahead of Frederic DUTHIL (FRA) on Distinxion, who holds on to the overall time ranked leadership at the close of this leg. Gildas MAHÉ (FRA), sailing Le Comptoir Immobilier, came in third, 2 minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader, which gives DUTHIL a 13 minute overall advantage over DESJOYEAUX on the time rankings.

'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.

Sabina Mollart-Rogerson (As Amended By ISAF)
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