Chilecito > San Juan - 751 Km


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Barreda wins by default, momentum for Peterhansel

With 449 km of special stage between Chilecito and San Juan as well as only two stages to make the difference in the general standings, the tension ramped up another notch today; all the more so since the trial-like start to the stage really tested the physical capabilities of the competitors, at least as much as the hot weather, which made its return to the race after the cool temperatures at higher altitude. The end of the day was marked by much quicker tracks, but just as tricky navigation, which led to dramatic turns of events in the general standings…

The essentials

On his fourth Dakar, and after having demonstrated some fine capacities since the start in Asunción, Michael Metge thought he had picked up his first stage victory, by a whisker in front of his team leader Joan Barreda. However, in the end, the stage victory finally went to the Spaniard due to his team-mate missing a way-point and incurring a penalty. The French duo of Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait suffered big time losses in the general standings. In the quad race, Sergey Karyakin grabbed his second stage victory and strengthened his place as general standings leader, ahead of the new second placed rider, Ignacio Casale. In the car category, Sébastien Loeb took advantage of the WRC character of the special stage's end to catch up and overtake Cyril Despres who had initially distanced his rivals thanks to his navigational skills. Nonetheless, it was Stéphane Peterhansel who, after having recovered the time spent with biker Simon Marčič awaiting the medical team, won stage 10 to return to the top of the general standings with a lead of almost 6 minutes. In the truck race, Eduard Nikolaev took his second stage victory with a lead of 7 minutes over his Kamaz team-mate Dmitry Sotnikov, leap-frogging him to become the new leader of the general standings.

Performance of the day

Franco Caimi is one of the revelations of the Dakar 2017. On his very first participation, the Argentinean already obtained a fifth placed finish on the fifth stage. However, today he went one better with fourth position at the finishing line, in front of a good number of official factory team riders, thanks to excellent composure with the navigation as well as a great pace on the quicker tracks. This has enabled him to enter the top ten in the general standings, in spite of a one-hour penalty, without which he would quite simply be on the provisional podium.

A crushing blow

Pablo Quintanilla was counting on the tenth stage in order to put pressure on Sam Sunderland. In second place in the general standings, the Dakar 2017 could have been the rally which saw his riding mature and the one that may have brought victory for the Chilean. However, a catastrophic start to the stage during which the Husqvarna rider sought the correct direction for more than an hour, then a heavy fall on the second part of the special put an end to his dreams. Disorientated after a head injury, Quintanilla was finally forced to drop out of the rally for a third time.

Stat of the day

The smallest gap between a winner and the runner-up at the rally's finish remains 2'12 between Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah in 2010. In light of the duel being fought between Sébastien Loeb and Stéphane Peterhansel, it is quite likely that a new record may be set in 2017…

Quote of the day

Sébastien Loeb: “I pushed really hard from the first to the last metre of the second portion of the day, so I couldn't do much better. I think it was impossible to go any faster. I tried all I could”.


006 - ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN: “I'm here to learn and today I learned a lot”
“Today was super hard. I did a lot of navigation mistakes. It's like that. I'm here to learn and today I learned a lot. It was so difficult, it was very difficult. The weather was hot and the tracks were invisible. It was so difficult to find the right one. But it's ok, I'm here at the finish and the stage is completed. We'll focus on the last big stage tomorrow and do the best to get on the podium”.

Dakar Mag

We could've done well today

"We're all knackered after yesterday's long stage and today's never-ending liaison to Chilecito." Livio Metelli, sitting at the table of the bivouac canteen, is wolfing down the salad he has just been served alongside a plate of pasta. It is welcome refreshment after a long day in the sun which bakes the Andean foothills in January. "It's a pity, we could've done well today", says the Italian, who is racing in his second Dakar. "Malle-moto riders had an edge for once, because we were the only ones who had the material in place in Salta, whereas other competitors were left without their assistance crews. That's also why I got here as fast as I could. I got there at 11.30 pm, but unfortunately it was all for nothing..." Despite his disappointment, Livio acknowledges that cancelling stage 9 was the only reasonable course of action in light of the catastrophic situation. "Last year, it was the opening week which was marred by the rain", he points out. "This time round, the weather is wreaking havoc on the second week. It's a pity, but it won't stop me from coming back next year." When the Dakar bug bites you, it's hard not to come back for more.

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