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20 August 2010, 11:59 am
Armel Le Cléac'h wins 41st Solitaire du Figaro 2010
Armel Le Cléac'h - Brit Air
Armel Le Cléac'h wins 41st Solitaire du Figaro

La Solitaire du Figaro 2010

In crossing the line at 21.15.24, on Wednesday 18 August, Armel Le Cleac'h on 'Brit Air' won his third leg and overall victory in the Solitaire du Figaro 2010.
In doing so, he joins the select group of sailors who have a double victory in the event's history.

Corentin Douguet on 'E.Leclerc Mobile' crossed the finish line at Cherbourg, France in second at 21.18.28, 3 minutes and 4 seconds after Le Cleac'h and after 54 hours from the start in Kinsale, Ireland.François Gabart on Skipper Macif 2010 crossed in third at 21.25.40, securing second overall place.

Forty five Beneteau Figaro 2s, raced solo the 1,700 nautical mile event in four legs from from Le Havre, (FRA) - Gijon (ESP) - Brest (FRA) - Kinsale (IRL) - Cherbourg/Octeville (FRA).

Commenting on his victory Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) winner of La Solitaire 2010 said
"I'm really proud. I can't believe it, I won three legs a sixth place in Ireland… Winning the Figaro like this it's pure joy. I came to take my revenge for last year's bad performance, I wanted to sail well on all the four legs. I was into the match and I somehow knew I could make it. I feel I have learnt something on how to control the race, to be in the lead.

It's hard when you have 44 adversaries behind you, and all good ones! I managed to get in the lead, stay there and win, on all the legs bar one. Cool! I felt terrific onboard, the boat, the strategy all came easier than I thought. I enjoyed every moment, even here at the Raz Blanchard, Corentin Douguet was not far but I wanted to get to the end and win this Figaro.

Just one year ago things were quite different, I think I've grown up… I trained well and my shore team did a fantastic job. It's been a long time since I won an important race, this year it's been the Transat AG2R and the Solitaire.

I will probably be feeling the exhaustion soon. I'm exhilarated by many things, I've been thinking a lot before the finish. My victory in 2003, the work done during winter, the sailing in bad weather, when its' cold. But you have to be well trained and ready… I need to have a break now, I've pushed hard and we had a bit of every condition: strong breeze, light air and it's tiring, haven't slept much…"

First woman was Jeanne Gregoire in 11th place on 'Banque Populaire', 1st newcomer Anthony Marchand on 'Espoir Region Bretagne' was 15th.
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