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Tour de France - Blistering Super Final shakes Tahiti from top spot

Tour France champions in 2016, Quentin Delapierre and Matthieu Salomon followed up a 1-1-3 scoreline in the qualifying rounds with a resounding victory in the Super Final.

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Also on top form in Monday were Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains, co-skippered by double Paralympic medal winner Damien Seguin alongside Damien Iehl, who with a second place finish take control of the overall classification.

With winds blowing at up to 26 knots and well-formed waves, this was one of the most physically demanding race days the 29 already-fatigued crews have experienced so far over seven acts of the Tour.

Twenty points separated the first four boats heading into today’s qualifying rounds, and 20 points separate them still, but with the rankings completely reshuffled.

Trésors de Tahiti, tour leader for the past three acts, were knocked out of the running for today’s Super Final when they took a black flag in the last race of the qualifiers.

This, combined with splendid performances from some of their closest competition, sees them relegated to third place ahead of Oman Sail, who also failed to qualify today.

Ever since Act 4 in Arzon, their poorest of the series with an 11th and an 8th place, Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains have been slowly but surely notching up consistent results and quietly closing the gap on their rivals.

Silver in today’s Final sends them straight to the top of the overall classification while a fourth place for early tour leaders Team SFS - coupled with a win in yesterday’s Coastal Raid - leaves them 13 points behind in second place.

Just outside of the overall top four – seen by many as the strongest candidates to win this edition of the Tour Voile – sits today’s victor Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan, while a disastrous problem with their gennaker failing to unfurl robbed Beijaflore Sailing of an early lead in the Final and ultimately moved them back to sixth place overall.

Cheminées Poujoulat, with Swiss Round the World racer Bernard Stamm and former Alinghi sailor Jean Christophe Mourniac on board, took third place in the Final, racking up their first podium finish of the series. They now lie in seventh place overall.

Tuesday July 25, will be a transfer day with teams on the move to Marseille for the penultimate act of this Tour. Racing will resume on Wednesday with a Coastal Raid on the cards.

Overall Leading Ranking (29 entries)

1. FONDATION FDJ - DES PIEDS ET DES MAINS - SEGUIN Damien, IEHL Damien 641 pts
2. TEAM SFS - BOUVET Sofian 627 pts
3. TRESORS DE TAHITI - PLICHART Teva 625 pts
4. TEAM OMAN SAIL - DOUILLARD Thierry 621 pts
5. TEAM LORINA LIMONADE - GOLFE DU MORBIHAN - DELAPIERRE Quentin, SALOMON Matthieu 613 pts
6. BEIJAFLORE SAILING - BELLET Valentin 613 pts
7. CHEMINEES POUJOULAT - STAMM Bernard 601 pts
8. VIVACAR.FR CEFIM - SOUBEN Matthieu 594 pts
9. TEAM LORINA MOJITO - GOLFE DU MORBIHAN - ROBERT Solune, PERRON Riwan 590 pts
10. COVED - PAPREC - DUCROZ Aurelien 572 pts

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24 July 2017 20:56 GMT


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