Paris (AFP) - Vendee Globe leader Armel Le Cleac'h pulled clear of pursuing British rival Alex Thomson on Friday as 132 nautical miles separate the duo in the non-stop, solo race around the world.
Thomson (Hugo Boss) had been trailing Frenchman Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire VIII) by 819nm last Friday week, but had swiftly made up ground by Monday, halving the deficit with three-quarters of the race completed.
However Thomson lost some sailing power late in the week as he became stuck in windless zone, giving Le Cleac'h some breathing space.
JÃ©rÃ©mie Beyou is third with French trio Jean-Pierre Dick, Jean Le Cam and Yann EliÃ¨s sitting fourth to sixth, all rounding Cape Horn, the most southerly point of South America.
Vendee Globe standings on Friday at 1700GMT:
1. Armel Le ClÃ©ac'h (FRA/Banque Populaire VIII) at 5,014nm from the finish
2. Alex Thomson (GBR/Hugo Boss) at 132.55nm from the leader
3. JÃ©rÃ©mie Beyou (FRA/MaÃ®tre Coq) at 1,127.32
4. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA/StMichel-Virbac) 1,867.16
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA/FinistÃ¨re Mer Vent) 1,989.21
6. Yann EliÃ¨s (FRA/QuÃ©guiner-LeucÃ©mie Espoir) 2.011,92
7. Louis Burton (FRA/Bureau VallÃ©e) 3,233.32
8. Nandor Fa (HUN/Spirit of Hungary) 4,241.29
9. Conrad Colman (NZL/Foresight Natural Energy) 4,603.92
10. Eric Bellion (FRA/CommeUnSeulHomme) 5,643.17