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02-07-2005
Vincent Riou, Winner and Supporter

The young navigateur from Brittany is winner of the 5th Vendee Globe, the sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover. Shortly after crossing the finishing line at Sables d'Olonne, Vincent Riou was thinking about Paris 2012.
 

Vincent Riou celebrating his Victory - © AFP
 
- Vendee Globe
It was with sadness that he placed his bags back on land, full of memories spanning three months of navigation, that Vincent Riou turned his thoughts to 2012.  The young Breton of 32 years has in fact brought his official support to the Paris 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games candidacy.
 
"I would be extremely proud if Paris and France is chosen to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012" he said, adding: "The Games are actually the biggest sporting event imaginable, one that encompasses all the disciplines, nations, and the best athletes in the world". A valuable declaration when you think about what Vincent Riou. 
 
Married with one son, this Breton has single-handedly circumnavigated the globe, non-stop and with no assistance, a total of 40,000km. A real water marathon of 87 days 10 hours 47 minutes and 55 seconds, five days better than his mentor, Michel Desjoyaux, winner of the 2000/2001 Vendée Globe.
 
A shining star of the sailing world today, Vincent Riou is far from being a beginner.  He is a renowned French Champion in Match Racing, (EDITOR'S NOTE: regatta between two boats) in 1994, and twice French Champion in First Class 8 (1997 and 1998).  In 2000, he prepared the 60 foot PRB of Michel Desjoyaux for the Vendée Globe and was assistant of the same race to finish first.
 
With his victory, Thursday, at the Sables d'Olonne, Vincent Riou has clearly illustrated that the relay with the PRB team has been a great success.
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