Dakar: 3rd stage - Stéphane Peterhansel wins at Arequipa, Sébastien Loeb loses 42 minutes
"Mister Dakar" started the machine. Stéphane Peterhansel won the third stage of this Dakar 2019, which led the competitors between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa, and regained time in the general classification, Wednesday in Peru.
Exceptional during this third trick, he led Nasser Al-Attiyah, the leader of the event, by more than three minutes (3'26) and reduced his delay to + 7'03 "from the Qatari driver in general. The Pole Jakub Przygonski took 3rd place more than 11 minutes away (11'47). Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi (12'50 "), Spaniard Nani Roma on his Mini (18'12") and Frenchman Cyril Desprès ( 28'04 ") finished further.
This stage was marked by the dirty day experienced by the favorites, including Sébastien Loeb. Winner Tuesday, the Alsatian lost 42'55 "in the general classification and took a big blow on the head. Now 8th overall, the pilot of the PH Sport team will find himself in the position of the hunter. He has +37 ' 59 "behind Nasser Al-Attiyah.
"There was a lot of fog up there, but that's not the problem. At one point, we got lost and we didn't find the thread ...", explained the French pilot after the 'arrival. "Everyone arrived and we, we were filming, we were filming ... We lost half an hour there, that's how it is."
For Carlos Sainz and Giniel de Villiers the day was even more difficult. The Spaniard, in the car, lost more than three hours after partially ripping a wheel. Giniel De Villiers, leader of the general on Wednesday morning, had a major breakdown. He is 4:23 behind Al-Attiyah.
"We weren't lucky, we were riding very well at the time. But I was unlucky, I was in the dust of a quad and I took a big leap, I was on the runway but I landed on a rock, "said the 2009 winner." It broke an engine mount, then it damaged the cooling. To fix it all ... it's been a long story! "
On Thursday, the Dakar heads south to Peru for the first leg of the marathon stage between Arequipa and Tacna (auto, SxS, truck), 511 km including 351 km of selective section.