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STAGE 2

Resistencia > San Miguel de Tucumán - 803 Km

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Price makes them pay, Loeb leads the way
Focus

While the competitors are now in a country well known to the Dakar as they visit Argentina for the 9th consecutive year, the region of Chaco had not yet been explored by the rally. The participants discovered narrow tracks which kicked up plenty of dust in a setting reminiscent of the African Savannah. Special attention was required concerning the many wild animals and flooded fords. Furthermore, the heat sorely tested the competitors' bodies on this first long stage on the Dakar Dakar 2017.

The essentials

Toby Price gave a show of force and has not waited long to stamp his authority on the 2017 edition. The Australian won the stage with a lead of more than 3 minutes over his team-mate Matthias Walkner and almost four minutes over Paulo Goncalves. Xavier de Soultrait also put in a solid performance with the day's fourth best time.In the quad race, Pablo Copetti fought an impressive duel with Nelson Sanabria and triumphed over the Paraguayan at the end of the special. The Argentinean is the new category leader in his native territory. In the car race, Sébastien Loeb let rip with his Peugeot over a route on which the Frenchman was able to focus on speed rather than navigation, pushing Nasser-Al Attiyah, who opened the road today, to more than a minute behind him as well as taking the lead in the general standings from the Qatari. In third and fourth, Carlos Sainz and Giniel de Villiers lie in wait, but Stéphane Peterhansel again lost precious minutes. In the truck category, Martin Van Den Brink put in the best performance with his first stage victory on the Dakar, which also sees him take command of the general standings in front of the day's runner up, Russian Dmitry Sotnikov driving for Kamaz.

Performance of the day

Toby Price lived up to his race number 1 by dominating the battle on this second stage. The Australian, the first non-European to have won the Dakar, went on all out attack to leave his team-mate Matthias Walkner and the leading Honda ridden by Paulo Goncalves trailing in his wake. His main rivals of 2016, Pablo Quintanilla and Stefan Svitko are even further back, whilst Joan Barreda has just managed to creep into the top 10.

A crushing blow

Delighted yesterday after his wonderful second place at the finish of the first stage in his Ford Ranger, Xavier Pons switched from dream to nightmare after only several dozen kilometres of the day's special. The Spaniard left the tracks and, with a rear wheel missing, was forced to wait for his assistance team in order to finish the special. All his hopes of a good finish in the general standings were crushed on the way to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Stat of the day

Thanks to the performance of Sébastien Loeb, Peugeot increases its total of stage victories on the Dakar to 59, the same amount as Volkswagen.

Quote of the day

Sébastien Loeb: “Sure, I like to be in this position but it's a bit early in the rally. But it's good to have a pace like that. Today was a stage that was really, really fast; a bit unusual. I hope tomorrow will be continue to be at the same rhythm for the fight. I think we did a good stage with no mistakes – that was the most important thing. It's okay for tomorrow. Daniel has learned a lot during this year and we'll have to do good work with the navigation, but I think he is able to do so”.

Quotes

500 - GERARD DE ROOY: “These fast stages aren't really for me”
“It wasn't too bad. We didn't risk so many things. We got into the dust of Loprais very early. We could not get close enough. The tracks were narrow with a lot of trees on the side so the dust remained on the track. That was not really good. We went off one time and softly hit a tree, so after that we didn't risk too much, because today again you can lose a lot of minutes and a lot of places. We did a good job I think. These fast stages aren't really for me. I like the bad sections, but on a track like this you can't make a big difference. It's only three, four or five minutes, but like the second week last year, it was twenty or thirty minutes. Those are the specials where we need to strike. I don't know what our time is so we'll have to wait for the others. For sure, it's going to be very close with all the top five together. At the moment, you can't risk so much, because if you go off you lose five or ten minutes and then you are in tenth, eleventh, twelfth or thirteenth place. You need to take care about your place and not do extreme things”.
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An expensive ice cream

“A beginner's mistake”, the Dutch rookie said. “I was riding too fast into a speed zone, so I'm expecting some kind of penalty.” Nevertheless Bos, a motocross fanatic, was satisfied after his first ever Dakar experience. When the greenhouse farmer felt the heat was taking his breath away, he slowed down to drink and cool down his nerves. “But as soon I had recovered I decided to speed up a bit, to a pace that felt comfortable yet safe. I really enjoyed the ride.”
Bos was more than happy with provisional 87th, but his joy was shattered a few hours later, when his name dropped to 139 in the rankings, due to a 24 minutes penalty. That was quite an expensive ice cream…

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09:3009:3012:0512:0514:10
Number of participants
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left1383679850
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