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9 May 2002, 08:55 pm
Flu-ridden illbruck Victorious in La Rochelle
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illbruck Just After the Finishphoto:Rick Tomlinson

Volvo Ocean Race

John Kostecki and the flu-ridden crew of illbruck have crossed the finish line off La Rochelle through a flotilla of spectator craft that gathered at the finish line at 1344 GMT.
This sets the end of a remarkable Atlantic crossing in just over 10 days. Winning this leg puts illbruck on top of the podium for the fourth time in the nine leg long Volvo Ocean Race. The daily run of 484 miles (to be ratified as a world record) is the icing on the cake of victory and will be celebrated by the sailing team and around 100 illbruck guests that are already awaiting the yacht in La Rochelle on a foggy and wet day.

The victory on leg seven was an important step for the illbruck challenge towards securing overall victory in the Volvo Ocean Race. Still there are 16 points to be rewarded for the next two legs and the next competitor ASSA ABLOY is just eight points behind.

ASSA ABLOY Holds Off Tyco

ASSA ABLOY won the match race with their unofficial tuning partners, Team Tyco, to finish second into La Rochelle at 16.39.47GMT this afternoon.

It is a respectable enough position for Neal McDonald and his crew, cementing their second place overall, with a five-point buffer on the next boat, provided Amer Sports One holds her current fifth place into La Rochelle this evening. They are almost even with SEB and at the current state it will be a match race finale for fourth place. News Corp is clearly behind and only a serious breakage on SEB or Amer Sports One can get her in front.

For Kevin Shoebridge and Tyco, a third place on this transatlantic leg goes some way to restoring lost pride after their disastrous sixth place finish in Baltimore. This team has always shown more promise than it has delivered, but at least this latest podium finish puts them within striking distance of Amer Sports One and News Corp for third place overall.

Overall Results Leg Seven

1 illbruck
2 Assa Abloy
3 Tyco
4 Team SEB
5 Amer Sports One
6 News Corp
7 djuice
Retired - Amer Sports Too
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