Riyadh > Al Qaisumah
01-07-2021 - Stage 5
Tough guy Benavides and smart guy De Villiers
It is the kind of recipe in which Saudi Arabia specialises: one containing wadis, valleys and jebels, sprinkled with rocks and served with portions of dunes as well as large plateaux. Such is the setting that the competitors were able to admire between Riyadh and Al Qaisumah… if their eyes were not riveted to their road-books. When reflection and interpretation...
A difficult stage for Loeb
Sébastien Loeb, with a 5’ minute penalty from yesterday after exceeding the speed limit and navigational worries at the beginning of the special, did his utmost on this stage to claw back the time he has lost. However, it was all in vain: the gap with the summit of the rally never dipped below 50 minutes. In the general standings, the nine times WRC champion...
Stéphane Peterhansel: “Really complicated”
Still leading the general standings, “Peter” is having to deal with the difficulty of the stages as well as the pressure exerted by Nasser Al Attiyah, his closes pursuer.
“Today was a real Dakar stage: really complicated with the navigation but also not easy in the dunes; some rocky plateau, some tracks with really big rocks... not really nice to drive....
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