Published on 16/09/2020
By recovering to fourth place on this marathon stage between Dunkirk and Saint Nazaire and early this evening crossing some 52 minutes behind the winner Fred Duthil (Technique Voile Cabinet Bourhis), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) holds on to his leaders position on the General Classification by 10 minutes and 43 seconds. Leg 3 winner Fred Duthil the winner of the stage, moves up to the second step of the provisional general podium (before jury) and Tom Laperche (Bretagne CMB Espoir) is third 1 hour 1 minute and seven seconds behind Armel. Ireland’s Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa) is up to fifth overall at 1 hour and 29 minutes behind the leader, Alan Roberts is now tenth, 2hrs 11 mins behind Le Cléac’h.
Duthil, who has been on the overall podium three times, won the fourth stage of his career, on his first La Solitaire du Figaro in the Beneteau Figaro 3 which he has borrowed from Charles Caudrelier, “I would never have bet on this victory! Everything looked very was complicated this afternoon as was the whole stage. The start of the race was difficult, full of uncertainties, calms and transitions. The night off North Brittany was horrible, with all that weed. After Ushant I was very tired and actually dozed off for an hour. But I thought to myself; “You never know, there will be shots to play towards the end! “From Penmarc’h, being behind, I said to myself that we had to go under (south of) Belle-Ile. I was very afraid of the winds at the island in the early morning. But we had talked about it with Christian Dumard. I did well to listen to him! If I had ever been in front, I wouldn’t have done it. But there at the time it was worth trying. I believed in this option. I scanned the horizon through binoculars and knew I was ahead. I then stopped for a while and was worried it would not come back, but it held! This victory is unexpected. I had only sailed four days before departure on this boat loaned by Charles Caudrelier. I came a bit on a whim. I had two great first stages and saw that I was not off the pace. I do not think of the general classifications, I am happy with this success ”.
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