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Tour de France a la Voile - Win for Damien Seguin

Victory for double Paralympic medallist Damien Seguin, Damien Iehl and Benjamin Amiot on Fondation FDJ Des Pieds et Des Mains seized their opportunity on the Bay of Roses.

In a final sprint more reminiscent of the Tour’s cycling equivalent, a breakaway group of four each had a chance of coastal race victory Friday at the final buoy.

Team Oman Sail had a win in their sights but in choosing to stick with Lorina Limonade Golfe du Morbihan inherently let the other two away.

Limonade lead to the finish but Seguin’s team just had the pace to break through and win.

One top team who did not have the chance to figure in the final chase is Team SFS.

Their mast fell down in modest breezes downwind under gennaker on the return leg from the Iles Medes close by Estartit. They score maximum points for their enforced retirement and drop to fifth overall.

Tour leaders Trésors de Tahiti made the wrong choice off the line and struggled early on, fighting from last up to 11th – their worst score of the event so far – but they still head the leader-board by eight points from Friday’s winners Fondation FDJ-Des Pieds et Des Mains.

Stevie Morrison and Thierry Douillard’s Team Oman Sail consolidated their third overall thanks to a good fourth place. With SFS dropping points because of their mast, Oman Sail have just a little breathing space behind them, 11pts now to SFS.

Racing at Act 6, Roses, continues Saturday with the Nautical Stadium.

Overall ranking leaders
1st Trésors de Tahiti – 508 pts
2nd Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains – 500 pts
3rd Team Oman Sail – 498 pts

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