Alex Thomson misses out on winning the transatlantic Route du Rhum race after running aground in the closing stages.

Thomson, 44, crossed the finish line in Guadeloupe but was handed a 24-hour penalty by race judges.

His IMOCA class Hugo Boss monohull grounded off the north coast when he slept through an alarm and was forced to use his engine to move to safety.

The Welsh-born sailor came second in the 2017 Vendee Globe to France’s Armel Le Cleac’h, who himself had to withdraw from the Route Du Rhum when his boat capsized off the Bay of Biscay.