Frédéric Duthil signs a masterstroke by winning the 1st stage at the end of the suspense

After a huge twist, the experienced sailor won the 1st leg just ahead of rookie Davy Beaudart and pushed the favorites away.

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After an intense mano to mano over the final miles worthy of the America’s Cup, Frédéric Duthil (The Business Journal) has just won the first stage of the Solitaire du Figaro 2022 in Port-la-Forêt. Aged 48, Duthil signs a magnificent coup to win his 5th stage victory on the occasion of his 13th participation, he who has already finished on four podiums in the Solitaire. He is 1 minute and 1 second ahead of Davy Beaudart (Nauty’mor), manager of a shipyard he created in 2011 and a newcomer to the Solitaire after sailing the last Transat Jacques Vabre with his friend Louis Burton . Philippe Hartz (National Navy-Foundation of the Sea), a tough navy commando, completes the podium 4 minutes and 5 seconds after the first. gPhilippe Hartz (National Navy-Foundation of the Sea)

Behind the stampede

Behind it was the stampede. Only the German Jörg Riechers (Alva Yachts), in the 7am standings 8 miles from the leaders, and Maël Garnier (Ageas-Team Baie de Saint-Brieuc) at 12, limited the damage. The bulk of the peloton led by Basile Bourgnon (Edenred) was relegated to more than 20 miles. A knockout blow for the contenders for the final victory who should have a disbursement of nearly two hours.

Ranked beyond 20th place in the intermediate ranking of 10 p.m. last night, the first three came back from the devil Vauvert playing a phenomenal score. Having opted on Wednesday morning for an option to the West of the DST of the Isles of Scilly (area prohibited to navigation), an option relegating them to the depths of the classification, they played the perfect spoon to circumvent Ouessant by the West while the big of the troop had chosen to pass between the island and the mainland.

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