Published on 12/06/2019
Adrien Hardy crossed the finish line off Roscoff at 16.05.13hrs local time (14:03.13 UTC) this afternoon to win the 535-nautical mile second stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro which started from Kinsale, Ireland on Sunday afternoon.
For the 35 year old solo racer from Nantes, it is the fifth stage win of his career and to some extent makes up for a disappointing first stage which started from his home city.
Despite being one of nine different leaders during the first leg, Hardy made a strategic error along with several other top seeds and finished 20th with a deficit of 3 hours and 30 minutes on race leader Yoann Richomme.
After rounding the most eastern turning mark of the course, the Needles Fairway by the Isle of Wight, in second behind stage and race leader Yoann Richomme (HelloWork-Groupe Telegramme), Hardy took a more southerly routing on the passage westwards down the Channel. He and Gildas Mahé (Breizh Cola-EquiThé) were the only skippers among the leaders to pass inshore of the Cherbourg Traffic Separation Scheme exclusion zone and he was able to pass Richomme just before the Portsall mark 40 miles before the finish line.
Richomme finished second, six minutes and 19 seconds later, but – subject to jury – should significantly extend his overall margin.
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