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Armel Le Cléac'h wins the Vendée Globe

Armel Le Cléac'h has won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race in the process.

His time sets a new record for the race of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea on his 60ft racing yacht Banque Populaire VIII.

Le Cléac'h, the runner-up in the 2008-09 and 2012-13 editions of the Vendée Globe, covered 24,499.52 nm at an average speed of 13.77 knots during the race, which began from Les Sables d'Olonne on November 6 last year.

Le Cléac'h paid tribute to Alex Thomson for his skill and tenacity in pushing him right to the finish line.

“It has been very difficult with Alex behind me, he gave me a really hard time in this Vendée Globe,” he added.

“Each time things went his way and I got nothing. It was stressful because he kept catching me."

"With a lead of 800 miles off Cape Horn, I didn’t think I’d be facing such pressure. I'm very happy for Alex, it is a great second place.”

Second-placed Thomson is expected to cross the finish line on Hugo Boss, Friday morning at around 08:00hrs UTC (07:00 UK).

LEADING POSITIONS at 05:00 hrs UTC Friday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire - Finished 15:37 hrs UTC 19 Jan 2017
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTF 37 nm - sailing at 6 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 543 nm - sailing at 9 knots
4. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1,794 nm
5. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1,806 nm
6. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1,809 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 2,976 nm

Fleet spread is now 9,308 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.

Eleven have now retired from the race.

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