Pierre Quiroga is the big winner of the 52e edition of the Solitaire du Figaro, after having crossed in ninth position the finish line of the fourth and final stage, won by Pierre Leboucher, Thursday off Saint-Nazaire.
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Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019) won for the first time, in his sixth participation, in the prestigious race which saw the birth and hardening of the greatest sailors. He succeeds Armel Le Cléac’h, winner of the Vendée Globe 2016/2017 and triple winner of the Solitaire.
“I have sailed as I like”
At 29, he finished first in the general classification with a cumulative time of 14 days 16 hours and 24 min, ahead of Xavier Macaire (Groupe Snef) in 14 days 17 h 13 min and Tom Laperche (Bretagne – CMB Performance) in 14 days 18 h 58 min. A native of Brest but having grown up in Marseille, the skipper had never been on the final podium of the Solitaire. His best result so far was a sixth place finish in 2018.
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“It’s a Solitaire on a small cloud. I’m not getting over it yet. She will stay in my heart for a long time ”, said moved this graduate in transport, logistics and international trade.
The sailor, who won the second and third stages, remained very focused until the crossing of the line in the pitch black night before bursting with joy despite the great fatigue. He also breathed a sigh of relief after taking an option that didn’t really pay off in the last twenty-four hours – further offshore with less wind – which could have cost him the final victory.
“I sailed as I like, I believed in the option further offshore, it was not the right one. It was hot ”, he whispered to the journalists present in Saint-Nazaire, posting a very big smile.
Only 48 minutes early
Leader before taking the start of the fourth stage with almost two hours ahead of his direct pursuer Xavier Macaire, Pierre Quiroga only posted a 48-minute lead at the end of this final clash, which led the 34 competitors from the Bay of Morlaix (Finistère) to Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) bypassing the Irish Fastnet lighthouse (685 nautical miles, or approximately 1,270 km).
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Xavier Macaire, a 40-year-old Vendée, has his third overall podium in twelve participations (2e in 2013, 3e in 2015). Tom Laperche has two podiums in three participations (3e in 2020). The young 24-year-old sailor is preparing to set off in tandem with François Gabart on a flying maxi-multihulls during the Transat Jacques Vabre (departure on November 7 in Le Havre).