"The chance for the podium is quite good"

January 16 th 2019 - 20:03 [GMT -5]

Matthias Walkner finished fourth in the penultimate stage, 3’29” behind Michael Metge, to consolidate his third place in the general classification. The defending champion's 40-minute margin over Andrew Short should be enough to put him on the podium in Lima tomorrow.

"Everybody thought the first guy did a good job, but in the end there was chaos. The first guy got lost and we followed him, it was really strange. We all got confused searching for a waypoint. Finally I found it and we arrived in a small group. It seemed an easy day, but it wasn't. I think there was more to lose on a day like this than to win, so I just tried to stay with the top guys in front and do nothing stupid. The chance for the podium is, I think, quite good, but for the first two [spots], the stage is too short. Anyway, I'm happy with my Dakar."

Walkner etap 9 (GB)
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WALKNER Matthias (aut), KTM, KTM Factory Team, Moto, portrait during the Dakar 2019, Stage 8, San Juan de Marcona - Pisco, peru, on january 15 - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI
WALKNER Matthias (aut), KTM, KTM Factory Team, Moto, portrait during the Dakar 2019, Stage 8, San Juan de Marcona - Pisco, peru, on january 15 - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

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