Stéphane Peterhansel: "We played it safe from then on"

Dakar 2023 | Stage 1 | ALULA > AL HENAKIYAH
January 1 st 2023 - 18:01 [GMT + 3]

Stéphane Peterhansel delivered a solid performance in the prologue with third place, behind Mattias Ekström and Sébastien Loeb, but the first stage was a different matter. Two punctures slowed him down…

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"Let's stay positive and say we're in a better position than last year, when we were knocked out of contention on day one. We had two flats. The first one was my fault and the second due to a biker's dust trail. When you've used up your two spare wheels, there's no more room for error. If you blow up another wheel, you have to wait for your service truck or finish on three wheels. We played it safe from then on and ended up losing close to ten minutes."

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