Victory for Princess Charlene as she wins epic water race

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Princess Charlene of Monaco at the finish of The Crossing Calvi Monaco Water Bike Challenge (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Princess Charlene of Monaco at the finish of The Crossing Calvi Monaco Water Bike Challenge (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

She did it! Months of training for finally paid off when Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco and her team proudly crossed the finishing line first in her epic water bike challenge from Calvi to Monaco.

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La Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco a le plaisir d'annoncer l’arrivée de la course "The Crossing: Calvi - Monaco Water Bike Challenge" qui s’est terminée aujourd’hui dimanche 13 septembre 2020 à 11h31 au Yacht Club de Monaco. L’équipe Serenity, menée par S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène remporte cette édition du Water Bike Challenge. Après 22 heures et 33 minutes d’effort, S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène et Son équipe ont été accueillies par S.A.S. le Prince Albert II et les enfants princiers au sommet de la rampe de mise à l’eau de l’école de voile au Yacht Club de Monaco. L’équipe Notorious, menée par M. Gareth Wittstock, Secrétaire Général de la Fondation, a franchi la ligne d’arrivée 14 minutes plus tard. Ce défi sportif inédit et cette aventure humaine ont été l’occasion de promouvoir à nouveau les programmes « Learn to swim, pour l’apprentissage de la natation » et « Water Safety, pour la prévention de la noyade » de la Fondation Princesse Charlène. The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of "The Crossing: Calvi - Monaco Water Bike Challenge" race which ended today, Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11:31 a.m. at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The Serenity team led by H.S.H. Princess Charlene wins this edition of the Water Bike Challenge. After 22 hours and 33 minutes of effort, H.S.H. Princess Charlene and Her team were greeted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Princely children at the top of the launch ramp of the sailing school at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Team Notorious, led by Mr. Gareth Wittstock, General Secretary of the Foundation, crossed the finish line 14 minutes later. This unique sporting challenge and human adventure was an opportunity to, once again, promote the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation's "Learn to Swim" and "Water Safety” programmes. © Photos : Eric Mathon / Palais princier, Manu Vitali / Direction de la communication @hshprincesscharlene @gwittstock123 @david__tanner @jerome_fernandez11 @crovettokevin @mattbennett79 @brandongreen55 #thecrossing #waterbikechallenge #corsica #monaco

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The race, known as The Crossing, was held to raise funds and promote awareness of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation's Learn to Swim and Water Safety programmes. It covered 180 km of open sea, which at times looked quite rough.

But nothing could stop the 42-year-old royal’s Serenity team and they clocked a winning time of 22 hours and 33 minutes.

Team Notorious led by her brother, Gareth Wittstock, crossed the finish line 14 minutes later.

The princess was seen walking up the ramp at the Yacht Club de Monaco where she was warmly greeted by her husband, Prince Albert (62) and their five-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

Clearly exhausted, she leant on her husband for support, her face awash with emotion.

Conspicuously absent from Gareth’s team was UFC champion Conor McGregor. The 32-year-old Irishman had to withdraw after his arrest in Corsica for attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition involving a young woman in a bar.

He has denied any wrongdoing, with his representative saying, “Conor McGregor vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct. He has been interviewed and released.”

Sources: instagram, express.co.uk