Auto-moto: Hecatomb on the road to Arequipa - Sports News: Others - lematin.ch
On four wheels, Carlos Sainz (Mini) was the first to lose a lot of time (a wheel torn off at km 38), before the leader of the general classification, Giniel De Villiers (Toyota) broke down at km 172.
Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot), winner the day before, lost 43 minutes to the winner of the day, Mr. Dakar, Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini), who won this special and returned to third place in the general classification, again led by the Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota).
On two wheels, abandonment of the leader of the general classification, the Spanish Joan Barreda (Honda): "The start of the special was excellent, I overtook everyone when, in the fog, I embarked on a bad descent, very slippery. Then you couldn't get out of the hole in which I found myself a prisoner. ” The victory went to Frenchman Xavier De Soultrait (Yamaha's first success of the 2019 vintage), while Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) takes the lead.
Swiss? Rémy Vauthier knew, the day before, that he would be penalized for not having managed to pick up a GPS point, 50 kilometers before the finish. Pointed in 25th position Tuesday evening, the Geneva architect received more than 2 hours of penalty: "We made several round trips, without success. We lost quite a bit of time, not to mention the punishment, ”explained Rémy Vauthier. During the stage of the day, the yellow buggy was constantly in the top 20 and he posted a formidable 19th lap.
As for the two French bikers, they lose more than two hours: Nicolas Brabeck-Letmathe with the 83rd lap of the day: "I lost around twenty minutes looking for a GPS point ... especially with Sébastien Loeb", blows the Vaudois , before attacking a link of more than 450 km. Hugo Lopes does not enter the top 100. And it is not finished: Thursday is the first act of the marathon stage (no assistance) between Arequipa and Tacna, with 405 km of special.
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