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November 2005

Pietro D’ali (ITA)

 Nomination
When 42-year-old father of two Pietro D’Ali won the second leg of this year’s Figaro solo race by just 50 seconds (from former top windsurfer Fred Duthill), he not only gave Italy reason to cheer, but also many other non-French solo enthusiasts who still regard this tough classic as a host-benefit. And it was the Italian’s first entry in a usually experience-dependent competition
 Why they won
They went barmy – just as you’d expect: ‘Grande, bravo, grazie, forza, vai, magnifico… Pietro!’. Thank you, Italy, thank you, Pietro.