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MAPFRE continue Leg Zero dominance

MAPFRE led the Volvo Ocean race fleet over the finish line on a short opening stage of the final race out of Saint-Malo.

As expected, the Volvo Ocean 65s stayed tightly bunched on the first of those, a drag race towards Le Grand Lejon.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing were neck-and-neck with MAPFRE for the lead, with the Spanish side just pipping them to the line.

Dongfeng Race Team grabbed third ahead of Turn the Tide on Plastic and team AkzoNobel.

Preliminary unofficial results gave Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag and Team Brunel the same time, with less than a mile between the first and last teams in the seven-boat fleet.

Now that the teams have completed their ‘Sunday drive’ – a 25 nm sprint in just 10 knots – they can prepare for the restart which will begin from Chaussé de Sein at 09:00 UTC on Monday.

It will be a staggered start based on the finishing deltas from Sunday.

After negotiating the narrow channel between Cape Finisterre and the out-of-bounds shipping channel, they'll have a pretty simple run down the Portuguese coast.

There's no major strategic play here, just pure speed before a handbrake turn into the Tagus river and the finish in downtown Lisbon.

Overall standings after 3 of 4 completed races in Leg Zero:

1. MAPFRE 23 points
2. Team Brunel 20 points
3. Dongfeng Race Team 19 points
4. team AkzoNobel 15 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing 12 points
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic 9 points
7. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 7 points

While an overall winner will be declared, no points will be carried forward to the Volvo Ocean Race itself, which starts on 22 October from Alicante.

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