"I'm very disappointed"
January 9 th 2019 - 19:50 [GMT -5]
The winner of the opening stage and leader of the general classification this morning, Joan Barreda, will not be finishing his ninth Dakar. The Honda rider made a mistake in a screeching descent, got stuck and had to withdraw.
"I'm very disappointed. I got off to a great start, feeling strong, attacking and catching up with the riders in front of me. I got to a summit where it was really foggy. There was no visibility and I went down the wrong descent. It was extremely slippery, it was impossible for me to get back up. I looked for a solution at the bottom, but I didn't find any. There was no way out."