Paris (AFP)

Briton Alex Thomson, one of the Vendée Globe favorites, retired on Saturday, failing to repair damage to his boat, the organizer announced.

"The decision is made: unable to repair his starboard rudder", Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) "abandons the Vendée Globe" and "will head to Cape Town", announced the Vendée Globe.

The Welshman gives up for the third time in five appearances.

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